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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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photog921 March 12, 2013 @ 11:15 a.m.

Watch for future Opera & SDSU publicity honors naming "Pam Slater-Price" as the generous donor, when it was really campaign contributors, for whom it was money well spent, to get the County favors they wanted.

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monaghan March 12, 2013 @ 12:03 p.m.

Former Supervisor Pam Slater-Price's gifts of County money to cultural organizations were always blatant quid pro quos -- accompanied as they were by labeled glam-photos such as the one here. So disbursing her leftover political warchest in this way now isn't much different.

I never appreciated the self-promotion, but Slater-Price has very good taste: the San Diego Opera is an excellent and expensive operation that deserves the "world-class" designation that is too loosely applied to many other aspects of San Diego life. 2013 marks the 30th year that remarkable Opera Director Ian Campbell has been working here, so thank you, Maestro, from Pam and her political supporters.

I don't know anything about the Yantai Friendship Society and I don't think much of the SDSU Campanile Foundation, but the other recipients seem worthy of these gifts. It's not illegal, strictly speaking, and it beats wasting the money on door-hangers and robo-calls.

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Visduh March 12, 2013 @ 7:48 p.m.

Maybe this all SHOULD be illegal, since she lavished tax money on those arts organizations for the entire period of her incumbency. The biggies in those cultural groups then donated to her campaigns, and she kept getting reelected. Now the leavings of the "donations" she got from those folks is being plowed back into the Opera and other organizations. It is just taking these fund transfers full-circle for the benefit of Pam and her dubious legacy, using the tax money to glorify Pam and her arts patrons/beneficiaries.

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