Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Chargers give $12,000 to San Diego GOP; L.A. stadium builder AEG kicks in with $13,000 for Democrats
Football fans and political junkies alike can puzzle over the latest "Where will the Chargers move next?" tea leaves provided by a pair of campaign reports made public late yesterday.
The San Diego Chargers Football Company, LLC, run by the Spanos family of Stockton, gave $12,000 to the Republican Party of San Diego County on November 1, according to an online posting by the California Secretary of State's office.
That same day, AEG and affiliated entities, the entertainment booking and arena giant currently owned by Colorado billionaire Republican Phil Anschutz, noted for his conservative views, gave $13,000 to the San Diego Democratic Party.
The Democrats, of course, are providing major money to Democratic congressman Bob Filner 's run for San Diego mayor; Republicans are pouring big cash into the cause of GOP city councilman Carl DeMaio.
Come Tuesday, one or the other will get elected, and have a very large say in how hard the city fights back if and when the football team chooses to leave town and move to the downtown L.A. stadium being promoted by AEG.
It could be a stretch, but some even speculate that the Chargers and AEG have teamed up to play both sides of the San Diego political field, already greasing the wheels for an eventual move out of San Diego and up the freeway to L.A., no matter who wins the mayor's race here.