Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
George Shultz, wealthy lumbermen backed ex-GOP mayor candidate after loss
Ex-Secretary of State, San Francisco financiers, rich loggers, and billionaire Silicon Valley heir give post-election cash to Nathan Fletcher's failed bid.
Months after his defeat, former GOP Assemblyman turned independent Nathan Fletcher remained a big money favorite of some high-profile establishment Republicans, according to the year-end campaign disclosure statement of his San Diego mayoral campaign committee posted online by the city clerk's office today.
No less than George P. Shultz, Secretary of State in the administration of president Ronald Reagan and former president of California's giant Bechtel Group, kicked in $500 on August 15, more than two months after Fletcher lost the election. Shultz is now a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution.
While Fletcher split from the Republican party last year after failing to get the county party committee's endorsement in the mayor's race, many of the former California GOP operative's backers who had come out as independents quickly re-embraced the party after the June election. Fletcher is now an executive with cell phone giant Qualcomm, whose chairman and CEO Paul Jacobs was a key campaign insider and fundraiser.
Lesser names were also represented on the Fletcher year end 2012 report, including Kelly Spoon, identified as an assistant to Lynn Schenk, former Democratic congresswoman; friend and political cohort of Gov. Jerry Brown; and California high speed rail board member. Schenk is reported to be no fan of fellow Democrat Bob Filner, who beat Fletcher, and GOP ex-city councilman Carl DeMaio in November. Spoon gave $150 on November 27. The same day San Diego attorney Bruce Abrams gave $200, bringing his total Fletcher money for the year to $275.
Three days after that, Hermosa Beach's Kristin Ankeny of Kinecta Federal Union, gave $500. Donald Ankeny, CEO of Westcore properties, was a prior donor.
On December 2, Rancho Santa Fe real estate agent Laura Barry gave the same. Daniel Barry owner and president of Barry Estates, had previously given.
On November 6, Catherine A. Cockrum Dean of San Francisco, whose occupation was given as "community volunteer" gave $500. The same day, San Francisco's Alexander (Sandy) Dean of Hawk Hill Management LLC also kicked in $500, as did John J. Fisher, also of San Francisco, listed as an investor with Pisces, Inc.
Fisher, a son of the late Gap founder Donald G. Fisher, is said to be worth $2.3 billion, according to a September write-up by the San Jose Mercury News, which ranked him 206 on its list of Silicon Valley's wealthiest denizens.
The elder Fisher was a longtime backer of Republican ex-mayor and former California governor Pete Wilson, said to be one of Fletcher's political mentors.
The late Democratic financier and one-time banker Murray Galinson of La Jolla, a member of the San Diego business establishment and another Wilson fan, is listed as giving $500 on November 29; he died earlier this month.
Further from home, A.A. (Red) Emmerson of Redding, listed as president and CEO of Sierra Pacific Industries, one of the biggest loggers in the state, came up with $500 on October 8. So did George and Mark Emmerson, both also employed by the lumber company.
After returning contributions booked for the general election campaign that was not destined to be and paying off various debts, including one to San Francisco’s Sutton Law Firm, the Fletcher committee closed out the year with zero cash on hand. The fund spent a total of $1,163,642.07 during 2012, according to the disclosure.