Jeff Smith 11:52 a.m., May 21
In debt to self for failed mayoral bid, San Diego District Attorney already raising 2014 re-election cash
Republican Bonnie Dumanis puts out the word that be she intends to have a big campaign war chest for next year's re-election battle
Fresh from a frantic year-end fundraising bout for her failed mayoral campaign fund- which finished 2012 with $32,758 of cash on hand and $50,000 of remaining debt to the candidate herself - San Diego county District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is back on the political money trail, raising cash for her 2014 bid for re-election as D.A.
Says a "Dear Friend" email:
One election season has ended and believe it or not, another one is already beginning. While it may seem early, it’s time to start putting together my campaign for re-election as your District Attorney.
After three productive terms as DA, I’m confident an opponent will challenge me and I’ll have to fight to keep my office next year. I’m not afraid of that fight. I plan to be fully prepared. And I have every intention of winning.
You may donate at www.BonnieForDA.com. Contributions are limited to $700 per individual or $1400 for spouses but any amount is a tremendous help -- $25, 50, $100, $250 . . . up to the $700 per person limit.
As reported here on Friday, Dumanis hit up a number of local Republican figures to pay down her mayoral campaign debt, including San Diego ex-city councilman Carl DeMaio, city attorney Jan Goldsmith, Anne Evans, chairman of Evans Hotels, the Sudberry real estate development family, and lobbyists Ben Haddad and Craig Benedetto.
Much of the late 2012 cash went to pay a $14,000 debt to the Gemini Group, Dumanis's political consultant.
According to the most recent disclosure filing posted online by the county registrar of voters, Dumanis's district attorney committee had a cash balance of $28,485 as of June 30, 2012.
The committee's name was changed from Re-elect Bonnie Dumanis for District Attorney 2010 to Bonnie Dumanis for District Attorney 2014 on August 20 of last year, two months after her mayoral defeat.