Ken Leighton 2 p.m., March 12
Lincoln Club takes to the internet to bash Nathan Fletcher, creates website and spends money on social media
Group has created a separate campaign opposed to Fletcher's candidacy for Mayor of San Diego
The Lincoln Club is not letting up on their attack on mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher. The conservative pro-business political organization has launched a separate campaign whose mission is to slam Fletcher in hopes of steering voters to their candidate of choice, Kevin Faulconer.
Campaign disclosures reveal The Lincoln Club is taking their attack to the internet creating an anti-Fletcher website and launching a social media campaign targeting the former GOP state assemblyman turned Democratic candidate for mayor.
On October 10, the group spent $2,550 on social media and $5,500 on creation and hosting of a website.
The expenditure is in addition to the $31,330 that the Lincoln Club paid to Santa Ana firm Bieber Communications and Burbank-based Political Data Inc. on mailers accusing Fletcher, an employee of Qualcomm of being bought and paid for by company executives and the Jacobs family.
Read the mailers:
2011: As a Sacramento politician, Fletcher was the “lead negotiator” to get Qualcomm a multimillion dollar tax break.
2012: Qualcomm asked Fletcher to help increase taxes on their competitors by $1 Billion. Fletcher provided the critical vote.
2013: Qualcomm gave Fletcher a “$400,000 no-show job.”
Now: Qualcomm executives are raising big money for Fletcher’s campaign.
The attack didn't sit well with Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs. He sent a letter to Chair of the Lincoln Club, William Lynch, demanding an apology be made for the slanderous attack on his company and employee.
"I was outraged to learn that the Lincoln Club of San Diego – a supposedly pro-business political group – would fund a political hit piece that unfairly and incorrectly attacks one of San Diego’s largest employers," wrote Jacobs."
"Qualcomm has always worked with politicians from all parties to help advance policies that build a stronger nation, state and city. Republicans, Democrats, Independents – if people have a good idea we want to work with them. Is the Lincoln Club so desperate and out of constructive ideas that they are resorting to attacks on private employers, forsaking their supposed principles and lying to serve a political agenda? I demand a full apology and a retraction of this slanderous attack on our company and its more than 13,000 local employees."
The anti-Fletcher website is sure to be popping up as the election nears, as are more mailers.
More like this:
- Qualcomm opens coffers for Fletcher's cause — Nov. 13, 2013
- Will Jacobs fill Fletcher's coffer to help win mayoral battle? — Nov. 4, 2013
- Walmart and Sempra bankroll anti-Fletcher hit piece — Oct. 23, 2013
- Lincoln Club spends close to $50k on anti-Nathan Fletcher mailers and signs — Oct. 14, 2013
- Democrat Jacobs rips GOP's Lincoln Club in mega-millionaires' political war — Oct. 9, 2013