Brandon Hernández 9 a.m., Sept. 16
Bill Gore files to re-up as sheriff next year
County's lawman-in-chief is veteran fundraiser from tribal casinos, prison vendor, hotel mogul, and very old boys network
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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