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San Diego county Sheriff and ex-FBI man Bill Gore has filed a statement of intention to run for re-election next year and has set up a newly formed campaign committee to fund the effort.

As previously reported, Gore has a knack for money raising, as evidenced by the $45,000 in corporate and tribal donations he hustled up for the California State Sheriffs' Association’s annual conference, held in San Diego in early April of last year.

Gore was co-host of the event and co-signed a letter to a group of regular corporate donors to the association seeking funds for the event, [his aide Marla] Marshall said. In addition, she said, the sheriff sent a separate solicitation to potential local donors, including the Sycuan and Barona tribes.

Sycuan came up with $16,000, Barona gave $5,000, as did the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, according to the filing. Corporate donors included Verizon Wireless ($7,500); California Forensic Medical Group ($5,000); Global Tel*Link ($5,000); and AECOM ($6,000).

Gore's 2010 sheriff's race drew strong support from the GEO Group, a prison privatization outfit.

Documents filed with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, as well as memos obtained under the California Public Records Act, reveal that Geo Group used San Diego lawyer Mike McDade and Geo Group’s Ken Fortier to lobby county officials in an effort to renew their lease of the downtown jail, as well as take charge of the Descanso Detention Facility.

The then-undersheriff and Ruby Ridge veteran also tapped into the county's very old boys fundraising network, including a wealthy Mission Valley hotel magnate and a member of the legendary Alessio family, whose late scion and one-time Caliente track owner Johnny did time in federal prison for tax evasion.

Gore has been busy raising money from the usual bunch of downtown kingmakers, including Mission Valley hotelier C. Terry Brown; port commissioner Stephen Cushman; his brother Larry Cushman; ex–city schools chief and airport board chairman Alan Bersin; Bersin crony William D. Lynch of Rancho Santa Fe; real estate mogul Malin Burnham; Cloud 9 president John Hawkins; and onetime Pepsi bottler Frank Alessio.

In 2010, Gore beat a field of contenders, including Jim Duffy, son of the late sheriff John Duffy, who had his own brushes with the Mafia at La Costa.

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Libi Uremovic May 14, 2013 @ 5:23 p.m.

in the 90's the federal justice department called san diego the most corrupt city in america...and to beat out nyc, d.c., and chicago - that's bad.....

if you want to see what's really going on you've got to follow the money.....every government agency needs a forensic audit - http://www.libionline.net/

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Visduh May 14, 2013 @ 8:35 p.m.

Libi, that's a remarkable claim you are making about the US DOJ making a claim like that. (Hey, it may have been true, but I have no recall of anything that over-the-top ever having been reported.) How about some references of when/where/how those claims were reported? Inquiring minds want to know.

Now as to the strong possibility that we will suffer another four years with this highly questionable guy as sheriff, one would ask why all these big bucks contributors are contributing. They must expect something in return, and who might know what it is. Law enforcement in the county has always been hit-or-miss, with the sheriff leading the way. They can do a much better job than they do, and all we the voters have to do is elect a real cop, not this undercover spook gone public.

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