For $1000, political action committees could watch a baseball game with Scott Peters.
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With next year’s June primaries less than a year away and campaigns growing ever costlier, local politicos have been throwing a record number of parties to attract well-heeled donors. Democratic congressman Scott Peters, whose campaign victory over the GOP’s Carl DeMaio has become more controversial in the wake of the Todd Bosnich email faking scandal, touted a $1000 per political action committee baseball fundraiser on June 17. The Peters backers watched the Washington Nationals play the Tampa Bay Rays.

Back in San Diego, Republican city councilman Scott Sherman ballyhooed a June 30 $1100 per couple wingding at Tower 23, the posh waterfront hotel in Pacific Beach. Ringleader of the event — cohosted by the likes of lobbyists Robin Madaffer and husband Jim, the ex–city councilman — was Alan Ziegaus, the ex-Tribune reporter and big-time local influence peddler who runs Southwest Strategies with son-in-law Chris Wahl.

Another co-host was listed as Friends of the Maritime Industry. Ziegaus’s posse was tapped to blow up the Barrio Logan Community Plan with a referendum drive financed by General Dynamics and other military contractors.

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monaghan July 1, 2015 @ 8:50 p.m.

Just say no, folks, when your phone is ringing off the table and the mailbox is full of expensive full-color flyers asking for your political contribution to anything or anyone. Admittedly, it's small beer, but it's a gesture that matters. Politicians need big money to survive, but they also like to note how many small individual contributions they receive. Just say no.


AlexClarke July 2, 2015 @ 6:33 a.m.

Our democracy has been sold out to the highest bidders. The voter has been relegated to a bothersome annoyance. The wealthy people and corporations have chosen whom they want elected and by the time we the voter get to choose we only have the lesser of evils to choose from. Money has corrupted the process. Even the best intentioned politico can not be elected unless he/she can raise significant funds. If I go to a store and buy a product I expect the receive that product. Same thing with politicians. If I give huge sums of money to get an candidate elected and he/she is elected I expect that he/she will do my bidding. Occasionally the people win but rarely. Money talks and BS walks. The politician is held hostage by his contributors and if he/she does not tow the line there is no next term.


swell July 2, 2015 @ 10:46 a.m.

There was a time when workers' unions could influence an election in favor of ordinary people. Many unions have been crushed and more are endangered by powerful interests in private industry and government.

There was a time when powerful publishers and media conglomerates would (sometimes) defend the interests of the masses. Now publishers struggle for survival and advertising dollars which come from corporations. Those companies have an agenda that doesn't include caring about Americans or America, only stockholders.

Who will speak for average Americans now? Matt & Don are a good start. Jeff McDonald at U-T. Mirriam Raftery at East County Magazine & KNSJ radio. Mike Aguirre at KNSJ radio. Who do you like?


monaghan July 2, 2015 @ 10:22 p.m.

Good questions, as they say in every interview these days while stalling to find an answer.

The stats on enrollment at UCs for 2015 are just out, and more out-of-$tate and foreign $tudent$ were admitted this year than last year, in spite of public outcry. UCSD was one of the leaders in that outrageous trend. You can't even call the local UC your own -- even though you're paying for it.

How about we get rid of UC President Janet Napolitano, a former Homeland Security heavy and Governor of Arizona? Whose idea was it to give her so much power over California's premier schools? She's not even an educator.

Then there are Dems like Scott Peters and Susan Davis who feel free to vote for fast-track trade deals in Congress -- against the explicit interests of their organized Labor backers. And Dems like Juan Vargas manage to be AWOL on the day of the vote, totally finessing any embarrassment with either voters or big givers.

I'm discouraged thinking about your admirable list of saviors. Two alt-newspaper scribes, one blended-daily watchdog and Sancho Panza on the radio.


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