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Manchester and Wal-Mart cash to GOP council races obscured by detour through federal campaign fund

C. Terry Brown, Richard Bartell and host of other special interests provided funding to Republican federal committee transferring $70,000 for Zapf, Cate

Given the shadow-financed Republican-led effort to recall embattled mayor Bob Filner, it's not always easy to track the torrents of ...

Peace gets a chance with Sempra-bankrolled web design

The political action committee that won't die comes to life once more with Sempra work done by familiar sounding political outfit

When last we checked in on the Independent Voter PAC, the political fund run by David Takashima was helping to ...

Bad actor surfaces among top San Diego cops

Owner of uniform store and police museum commissioner faces sentencing in federal court here next month on kickback conspiracy count

San Diego being the kind of rough-and-tumble law enforcement, military and border intelligence town that many say it is, it ...

If Filner falls, so rise the Kochs?

Newly arrived U-T San Diego editorialist worked for non-profit news outfit linked to conservative oil and chemical magnates by Columbia Journalism Review

The billionaire Koch brothers, David and Charles of Wichita, Kansas, don't enjoy much obvious clout in San Diego politics, but ...

San Diegans could be last to know who's paying for Filner recall

No limits on amount of recall donations and lack of reporting make for big money mystery and uniquely San Diego-style media and political intrigue

Who is funding the big money recall effort to oust embattled San Diego mayor Bob Filner? So far, no one ...

Hooters workers’ case rages in San Diego court; media mum

Big downtown developer law and lobbying firm long linked to U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester does epic legal battle with allegedly underpaid and ill-treated young waitresses

Hooters, the big national franchisee of bars and eateries whose business model is based on a young female wait staff ...

Manchester, Sempra, and Jacobs gave heavily to sexually accused Schwarzenegger

Big cash means big difference for two high-profile politicos accused of sexual harassment

Before Bob Filner there was Arnold Schwarzenegger, but besides their obvious physical differences, their crisis management skills and abilities also ...

Schwarzenegger's sexual harassment history featured in Democrat's Issa hit

New front in partisan war of alleged sexual behavior opened by top California political advisor, recalling "sexual gratification" charges leveled against U-T owner

Embattled Democratic San Diego mayor Bob Filner, his offices reportedly swarmed by federal agents; investigators reporting to GOP Sheriff Bill ...

Top port cop gets provisional intelligence moonlighting OK from state watchdog

Fabled "Sheriff of Baghdad" and Marine reserve Lieutenant Colonel gets conditional go-ahead to cash in on links to anti-terrorism intelligence

The assistant chief of the Port of San Diego's Harbor Police, an expert in Islamic counter-intelligence, has received conditional approval ...

Manchester-backed recall leader was sued by David Copley for trespassing

Head of Filner take-down war accused in 2011 of illegal road building and grading by late GOP publisher regarding environmental damage allegedly done to mother's Fox Hill estate

These days La Jolla surveyor Michael Pallamary, leader of the recall against Bob Filner, is a stand-up guy, at least ...

Transparency lags as GOP fundraisers fan out for anti-Filner drive

City ethics chief says check back next week regarding when and whether special interests will have to disclose cash stake in ousting mayor

Two high-profile voter signature drives in California, one aimed at putting the issue of a new basketball arena on the ...

Feds deny import permits for beluga whales for SeaWorld

San Diego marine park one of five U.S. facilities that sought to obtain rare beluga whales from Russia

The U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service has turned down an application by the Georgia Aquarium ...

Hotel magnates, developers, ex-Union-Tribune editor put cash into D.A.'s pocket

Republican Bonnie Dumanis personally gets $25,755 in partial payback for $50,000 invested in failed mayoral campaign

In hindsight, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis didn't have much of a chance in last year's mayoral derby against congressman Bob ...

Sheriff reportedly plotting mayor's ouster got funds from Lynch, Blue, hotel interests, report says

L.A. Times relates plan by GOP's Gore and state attorney general's office seeking to short-cut recall by putting mayor on trial for "egregious misconduct in office."

The effort to depose embattled San Diego mayor Bob Filner, accused of sexual harassment by a growing cast of alleged ...

ICE special agent, sitting judge, U.S. magistrate, newscaster, prostitution client put cash into D.A. race

Law enforcement money looms large as Filner foe Dumanis and challenger Brewer battle it out in fight for special influence funding

What would Eliot Ness make of it all? As G-men, G-women and other gumshoes from an alphabet soup of federal ...

Mobster's associate Molasky fuels DeMaio's dreams

The FBI, Obama's U.S. Attorney, media, government informants, drug war, the mob, and cold cash all have mentions in "Day of the Locust"-style San Diego recall spectacle

When it comes to the mob, media, and law enforcement, San Diego has long been a town of dirty little ...

As Filner recall gathers, U-T San Diego owner bankrolls local GOP

With personal millions at stake, hotel mogul Douglas Manchester's financial holding company leaps into Filner fray with political cash the day after paper reports recall effort

It's not exactly a big surprise to locals who read and tune into U-T San Diego, the mini media empire ...

Not a story, says Maienschein of his lobbyist dating

San Diego Republican, famous locally for MTV party house fundraiser, makes Sacramento headlines by dating lobbyist for California Medical Association

Rack up another sex and politics case for San Diego's voluminous record books. While a horde of San Diego reporters ...

More special interest cash rolls into Filner's political fund

Embattled mayor collects $39,400 from variety of those with business at city hall; money pays for ex-Hedgecock aide Tom Shepard and San Francisco political law firm

As previously reported here, San Diego mayor Bob Filner, now under fire in a sexual harassment scandal, has since February ...

Feinstein, tops in Predator maker’s political cash, talks Filner recall

California Democrat and Filner critic tops list of General Atomics giving; only Democrat in Predator-maker's big five, she outranks GOP members by far, accounting reveals

Will one of America’s deadliest weapon makers put huge money behind a recall of San Diego mayor Bob Filner? That ...

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