Walter Mencken 5:01 p.m., Nov. 25
Lobbyists, lawyers, and land developers anted up for Dumanis’s post-loss fundraising
San Diego district attorney and mayoral candidate raked in big money in December after placing fourth in June primary; still carried $50,000 debt to self
San Diego's Republican District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who placed fourth in last year's mayoral primary, did well at post-election fundraising, bringing in a total of $17,060 in cash for her mayoral campaign committee during the final six months of 2012, according to the candidate's year-end campaign disclosure filing posted online yesterday by the city clerk.
After making $56,682.56 in cash payments, the Dumanis committee ended the year with a cash balance of $32,758.57.
Outstanding debts at the end of the year stood at $52,138.60, including $50,000 in personal loans the candidate made to the campaign herself in 2011 and 2012.
As we reported here, Dumanis sent out an early December email soliciting money for the fund:
"I am in the process of closing out my Mayoral campaign debt and have until tomorrow at midnight to accept contributions. Would you be able to contribute to my debt retirement in the next two days?
"Thank you so much for all you have done to support me in this campaign and over the years. It truly means so much.
"I know everyone was stretched this campaign season and with the holidays upon us it is even tougher, but any amount would be a huge help.
Those who came through with post-loss money make up an extensive list of San Diego's rich and influential, including San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith, who kicked in $250 on July 31. Another ultimate loser in the mayor's race, GOP ex-city councilman Carl DeMaio, gave her $500 the same day. Stephen Williams of downtown's Sentre Partners real estate outfit gave $500, also that day.
Other well-heeled Dumanis donors included lobbyist Craig Benedetto on November 30 ($500); Anne Evans, chairman of Evans Hotels on December 1 ($500); Grace Cherashore, president and CEO of Evans Hotels on December 1 ($500); and Robert H. Gleason, CFO of Evans Properties on December 1 ($500).
(A $500 check from Cherashore was reported returned.)
City hall regulars included car dealer and ex-Susan Golding political intimate Steve Cushman on December 5 ($500). Lobbyist Ben Haddad gave $250 on November 2.
Furniture store owner Jerome Navarra gave $500 on December 4. The Sudberry real estate development family and employees kicked in a total of $2,100. Robin Hart, CFO of Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, gave $500 on December 5.
Debts paid included $14,000 to the Gemini Group, Dumanis's political consultant during her failed bid.
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