Chad Deal 9:17 p.m., May 25
Rick Perry's La Jolla super PAC down to its last $946
San Diego committee backing California job-poaching Texas governor isn't so super anymore
Self-styled San Diego business leaders aflutter about Texas governor Rick Perry's recent California job raiding forays can rest easy about one thing: his La Jolla-based super PAC.
At one point during the run-up to the 2012 presidential election season, a lot of super rich San Diego Republicans couldn't get enough of the cowboy-booted GOP Lone Star hero.
Leading the love fest was none other than Dean Spanos and fellow Chargers-owning family members, who threw a giant fundraiser for Perry in Sacramento, as reported here in November 2011:
Set to be held at the posh Park Ultra Lounge on December 1, the $500 per couple event ($1000 per person for a "VIP Photo Opportunity") is cohosted by Dean Spanos and wife Susie; brother and Chargers executive vice president Michael Spanos and wife Helen; sister Dea Spanos Berberian, a vice president of A.G. Spanos Companies, and her husband Ron; and sister Alexis Spanos Ruhl, also a Spanos company V.P., and her husband Barry.
And then there was La Jolla’s super PAC for Perry. It started life as Americans for Rick Perry, San Diego's only presidential super PAC, with the avowed purpose of getting Perry the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
Run by La Jolla GOP political consultant Bob Schuman, who has worked for San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, among many other members of the Republican brethren here, the effort was backed by an assortment of billionaires and mere mega-millionaires from Texas, as we noted in August 2011:
$100,000 came from Harold Simmons (left), the Dallas billionaire who pioneered leveraged buyouts and now controls multi-national Valhi Inc., which owns titanium mines and waste management operations. In a profile last year, D Magazine called Simmons "Dallas' Most Evil Genius", citing his toxic waste business.
Other contributors to the Perry PAC included $25,000 from Withers Energy Group of Cypress, Texas, and $10,000 from Wareing & Company Ltd of Houston.
After Perry bombed in the primaries and pulled out of the race, the PAC renamed itself the "Restoring Prosperity Fund."
As reported here last February:
The committee now "supports/opposes more than one Federal candidate," attests its campaign manager Robert Schuman, a longtime San Diego political consultant, the statement says. Under its former guise of Rick Perry super PAC, the group raised $240,256 during the final quarter of last year for a 2011 total of $433,256, the filing says. After spending $408,699, the fund had year-end cash on hand of $24,556.
On the expenditure side of the ledger, the Schuman Group was paid a total of $90,000 during the last six months of the year. Other money was used to pay for operatives, hotels and other expenses during the ramp up to the Iowa Caucus early last month, where Perry placed fifth, with just 10.3 percent of the ballots.
But the name change apparently hasn't done the trick for the committee.
Its most recent disclosure filing with the Federal Election Commission, received February 1 of this year, shows that as of December 31, 2012, the fund was down to $946, after starting the last quarter of 2012 with $3820 in the bank.
Mary Azevedo, the PAC’s treasurer, was paid $300 and the Schuman Group got $2500. \