Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Reader's owner backed anti-assisted suicide campaign in Massachusetts
Pot and parental notification also on publisher's personal political radar during 2012
It's the end of January, the time final 2012 campaign finance disclosure statements begin rolling in, and early filings show it was a record political fundraising season for local contributors.
Among San Diego's major donors was the Reader's owner, Jim Holman of Coronado, who in August gave $60,000 to the Sacramento-based political committee Taxpayers for Accountability.
The group's disclosure for the second half of 2012, posted online by the California Secretary of State's office, reports that the contribution was the only one it received.
The committee contributed $30,000 to Massachusetts Against Doctor Prescribed Suicide - No on 2, the successful campaign to defeat a November ballot proposal seeking to liberalize laws on physician assisted suicide.
The balance of the contribution went to Montanans for Parental Rights, which campaigned successfully for a November ballot measure requiring girls under the age of 16 to notify a parent or seek judicial bypass prior to terminating a pregnancy.
As previously reported here, Holman also contributed advertising in the Reader valued at $2831 to Citizens for Patients Rights, a committee that unsuccessfully battled for November measures in Lemon Grove (Prop T), Solana Beach (Prop W), Del Mar (Prop H), and Imperial Beach (Prop S) to variously liberalize regulation of the sale of medical marijuana.
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