Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Last minute billionaire contributions tardily revealed in post-election campaign finance filings
Based on late campaign filings posted online this week by the county Registrar of Voters, La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs had the last and winning word in this year's record-breaking San Diego campaign finance derby.
The secretive Qualcomm founder also took a few hits, of course.
His endorsement of Republican city councilman Carl DeMaio for mayor didn't work out, nor did the $90,000 he and wife Joan put up for the ultimately failed attempt to defeat California's death penalty pay off.
But the San Diego Unified School district's bond and accompanying property tax boost, to which Jacobs and wife gave $80,000, did pass, as did Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's Prop. 30 tax hike, backed by Jacobs cash.
More than a week after last week's election, Jacobs campaign money continued to be revealed in the form of late contribution reports filed with the county's Registrar of Voters.
According to a document dated November 1, but not marked received by the registrar until November 14, Jacobs and his wife gave $10,000 to the campaign of Democrat Dave Roberts for county supervisor, who ultimately squeaked by the GOP's Steve Danon.
Irwin's son Gary Jacobs, the wealthy Del Mar resident who is a founder of the High Tech High charter schools, also placed a sizable last minute money bet, giving $5,000 to the San Diego school bond and tax measure favored by his father. The disclosure was dated November 1, but not stamped received by the registrar until November 14.
The elder Jacobs, who gave $2 million to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC backing president Barack Obama , and $100,000 to American Bridge 21st Century, another super PAC backing Democratic senate and congress hopefuls, also came out a big winner in Washington.
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