Ed Bedford 11:58 p.m., May 20
Qualcomm billionaire Jacobs is Obama's second biggest donor, says Associated Press
The Associated Press is out with a dispatch ranking controversial La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs as second in the nation among contributors to the re-election cause of President Barack Obama.
With total Obama-related donations of $2.122 million, Jacobs is said by the AP survey to be second only to Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, with $2.566 million.
Fred Eychaner, founder of Chicago-based alternative-newspaper publisher Newsweb Corp., is third with Jon Stryker, described by the AP as a Michigan philanthropist. Both came up with $2.066 million for the president.
Rounding out the pack is Houston-based personal injury attorney Steve Mostyn with $2.003 million, the AP says.
As previously reported here, Jacobs has had a busy year, backing an array of causes including a measure to abolish the death penalty in California and Proposition Z, the local school bond measure and accompanying tax boost.
In the past Jacobs has also been a big supporter of lame-duck San Diego Republican mayor Jerry Sanders, who has helped the La Jollan push through the billionaire's controversial plan to remake Balboa Park, as well as the Snapdragon Stadium promotional gambit.