Chris Cate and Carol Kim
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The San Diego Democratic Party is facing off in the fall against the GOP Lincoln Club in what is expected to be a particularly nasty electoral clash. The main battle is between Republican downtown lobbyist Chris Cate and Democratic grant evaluator Carol Kim; Democrats are quietly raking in sizable cash from labor unions to finance their role in the effort. On August 8, a political committee of the California Teachers Association came up with $30,500.

Two days before that, the California State Council of Service Employees gave $34,000. Meanwhile, super lobbyist Paul Robinson has been doing his best for Cate. According to an August 5 filing, the contract lobbyist for Irvine Company, Capitol Outdoor, and Time Warner Cable, among many others, has solicited a total of $31,098 for Cate’s cause. ...

Families Working for Financial Freedom, the group set up by Lincoln Club backers to mastermind an employer-friendly minimum-wage initiative, has folded up shop, according to an August 14 termination statement. As of this June 30, the end of its latest reporting period, the group had spent $113,784, $56,640 of that in outstanding debt. Donors included George’s at the Cove in La Jolla, Trophy Properties, Inc., and the Brigantine, Inc., which each came up with $5000. A referendum campaign against a minimum-wage law adopted by the San Diego City Council is shaping up as promised.

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monaghan Aug. 20, 2014 @ 12:15 p.m.

It's hard to stay wedded to mainstream political parties or their candidates -- or to voting at all -- in this era of limitless Big Money being funneled into rinky-dink political campaigns for a single new seat on San Diego City Council.

California Teachers -- the biggest richest most powerful lobby in Sacramento -- just made a $30K down-payment on the election of an inexperienced newcomer Democratic grant-evaluator to our city council? And the various wings of the local GOP are pouring money into the city council election of a whippersnapper former office boy to the former councilman-now-mayor?

It will be a leap of faith to dutifully cast a ballot in this race in November.


AlexClarke Aug. 21, 2014 @ 8 a.m.

All politics is about money. Follow the money if you want to know how a particular candidate stands and where his/her allegiance lies. No politician can endure if he/she only wants to do what is good for the public. To have power you have to get elected to get elected you need money and with the money comes commitment. The only ones that count are the ones with money the rest of us are meaningless. Those who vote end up voting for the lesser of two evils.


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