Walter Mencken 9:29 a.m., Dec. 26
Ex-supervisor gives $250,000 of leftover campaign cash to San Diego Opera
Slater-Price, who got major campaign cash from culture executives during county career, turns over remaining six-figure re-election stash to arts and other groups
During her many years as a member of the San Diego county board of supervisors, Pam Slater-Price generated her share of controversy for taking free trips and tickets from local cultural groups to which she helped direct taxpayer subsidies.
Republican Slater-Price also turned to the non-profit classical music and theater lobby to raise cash for her re-election campaigns, hitting up a variety of donors, including San Diego Opera's Ian Campbell.
Now Slater-Price, who has been succeeded on the board by Democrat Dave Roberts, has turned the tables, closing out her political campaign fund by making a total of $309,000 in donations to a variety of local cultural, educational, and environmental causes, according to a recently filed campaign disclosure statement posted online by the county’s Registrar of Voters.
The biggest chunk of the ex-supervisor's beneficence, $250,000, went to the San Diego Opera Association. Next in line was San Diego State University's Campanile Foundation, which got $15,000.
Three groups each got $10,000: Mainly Mozart, San Diego Dance Theatre, and the San Diego-Yantai Friendship Society. $7,000 each went to the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.
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