Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 18
AFSCME rolls for Alvarez; GOP spends for Faulconer
Labor vs. capital vs. not so idle rich, as special interests continue to shovel big money into San Diego mayor's race
While those two rich guys from La Jolla, Democrat Irwin Jacobs and Republican Douglas Manchester, are battling it out for their respective mayoral candidates and putative future control of San Diego's city hall, big labor hasn't remained idle.
A disclosure dated yesterday reveals that the giant American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees union's CA People independent expenditure committee has just pumped $75,000 into Working Families for a Better San Diego to support David Alvarez for Mayor 2013, an independent expenditure committee run by the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council.
The money came from yet another political committee, the United Domestic Workers of America Action Fund AFSCME Local 3930, the filing shows.
As previously reported, such money maneuvering isn't unique to labor.
Cash from U-T publisher and hotel mogul Manchester has been snaking its way through a series of Republican Party run funds, the better, critics say, to obscure the donor's identity.
Manchester and his mini media empire are backing Republican Party candidate Kevin Faulconer, and have targeted one of his rivals, Democrat Nathan Fletcher, backed by San Diego's richest man and Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, for special opprobrium.
Meanwhile the local GOP has already begun to spend for Faulconer, on September 24 plunking down a total of $8205 for "member communications expenditures" on his behalf, according to a disclosure filed yesterday.
More like this:
- Manchester puts last-minute money into race for mayor — Feb. 8, 2014
- More Walmart cash arrives for GOP's mayoral campaign — Nov. 26, 2013
- California GOP money pours into Faulconer campaign — Oct. 30, 2013
- Mayoral battle joined as billionaire Jacobs goes for Fletcher — Sept. 25, 2013
- U-T owner Manchester moves more big money into San Diego GOP — Sept. 3, 2013