Dave Rice 12:38 p.m., May 21
Wealthy charter school advocate gives cash to interest group opposing San Diego school bond measure
CAC Advisory Services, LLC, a firm run by charter school advocate Rod Dammeyer, has kicked in $3,350 to the San Diego County Taxpayers Association PAC, a group of business and lobbying interests currently warring against the San Diego Unified School district's Proposition Z construction bond measure.
According to the PAC's most recent filing, posted online by the county Registrar of Voters, CAC made its contribution on August 29. The disclosure shows that $2,000 was spent on September 11 to oppose the $2.8 billion school bond measure. In addition, the PAC spent $13,200 for polling done by Competitive Edge Research. Besides CAC's money, the fund collected $3,000 from the Associated General Contractors on September 28.
The PAC finished September with $6,316 of cash on hand.
As previously reported, Dammeyer and pro-charter school ally, La Jolla financier and local online news backer R.G. "Buzz" Woolley, have been actively involved in San Diego Unified politics this fall, contributing a total of $55,500 thus far to an effort to elect Bill Ponder over teachers’ union candidate Marne Foster to the school board seat representing Southeast San Diego.
Past donors to the Taxpayers PAC have included private school operator Bridgepoint Education. The PAC has also picked up $1,125 from the Herzog Contracting Group of St. Joseph, Missouri.
The association's board includes representatives of many poweful business and lobbying interests, including, according to the group's website, Jamie Waters of Bridgepoint; Mark Nelson of Sempra Energy; Ian Stewart of Sempra subsidiary SDG&E; Corrine Brindley of SeaWorld San Diego; Kim Elliott of developer Corky McMillin Companies; Michael Simonsen of Rural/Metro Ambulance; Sam Attisha of Cox Communications: and T.J. Zane of the GOP’s Lincoln Club of San Diego County.