Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has lately been picking up big pieces of change from San Diego County fat cats. The governor’s “Dream Team” committee collected a bunch of large checks here on the first week of February, including those from such luminaries as Padre owner John Moores ($25,000), Qualcomm mogul Irwin Jacobs ($25,000), and Barratt American CEO Mike Pattinson ($10,000). … Termed-out GOP Assemblyman George Plescia of Del Mar has been spending some of his leftover campaign cash on personal travel, food, and lodging. Expenses included $5532 at the Fairmont Hotel in Wailea, Hawaii, for the “Pacific Policy Conference”; $1443 at Miami Beach’s South Beach Marriott and $1514 at Miami’s Tantra restaurant; $2079 for airfare on American Airlines between San Diego and Miami; and $5700 for airfare on United Airlines for a September junket to China. On that journey for Assembly members, he was joined by fellow Republican from Solana Beach Martin Garrick, as well as Democrat Bonnie Garcia of Cathedral City. Plescia’s campaign kitty was also used to pay for the food and booze tabs of his campaign fundraisers: $1687 at the San Diego Wine Company, $4327.23 at L Wine Lounge in Sacramento, $1954.50 at Spataro in Sacramento, $572.20 at Buccella in Napa Valley’s Yountville, and $862.25 at the Napa Valley Lodge, also in Yountville.

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Anonymous Feb. 25, 2008 @ 9:16 p.m.

It's protection money, plain and simple.

Moores (Spanos too) gives a lot to politicians. This is how he has evaded prosecution for his massive Peregrine and ballpark frauds.

This is yet another example of how there are two sets of laws in this country. Fat cats like Moores, (who openly bribed public officials and defrauded investors of hundreds of millions with Peregrine), can get away with anything.

It's short-sighted though.

Eventually, we might get so angry that Moores and his ilk could be decorating lamp posts. All the money in the world might not save him from what the angry mob could want do when they find out just how deeply evil this man is, and just how much he has done to destroy our city.


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