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General Motors tapped for cash

General Motors, known for spending money on lobbyists, behested $25K to a David Alvarez cause.
General Motors, known for spending money on lobbyists, behested $25K to a David Alvarez cause.

San Diego City Council Democrat David Alvarez, who has already set up a campaign fundraising apparatus for a shot at the District One county supervisor’s vacancy opening in 2020, has tapped behemoth carmaker General Motors for cash to fund the Latino Caucus of the California League of Cities, of which he is secretary and parliamentarian. The Michigan auto company made the so-called behested payment of $25,000 on December 6 of last year to cover expenses of the caucus’s annual conference, according to a disclosure report filed April 3 by Alvarez with the city clerk’s office.

General Motors spends heavily on lobbyists to influence state legislation, per disclosure filings with the California secretary of state’s office; during the final quarter of last year, $111,311 went to pay five lobbying firms. Last November 14, the company also spent $96 on the dinner tabs of state senator Cathleen Galgiani and spouse Mary Lou Echternach; assemblyman Mike Gipson and wife LaCreacia Gipson; as well as assemblyman Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer Sr., all Democrats, at Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar in Kamuela, also known as Waimea, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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General Motors, known for spending money on lobbyists, behested $25K to a David Alvarez cause.
General Motors, known for spending money on lobbyists, behested $25K to a David Alvarez cause.

San Diego City Council Democrat David Alvarez, who has already set up a campaign fundraising apparatus for a shot at the District One county supervisor’s vacancy opening in 2020, has tapped behemoth carmaker General Motors for cash to fund the Latino Caucus of the California League of Cities, of which he is secretary and parliamentarian. The Michigan auto company made the so-called behested payment of $25,000 on December 6 of last year to cover expenses of the caucus’s annual conference, according to a disclosure report filed April 3 by Alvarez with the city clerk’s office.

General Motors spends heavily on lobbyists to influence state legislation, per disclosure filings with the California secretary of state’s office; during the final quarter of last year, $111,311 went to pay five lobbying firms. Last November 14, the company also spent $96 on the dinner tabs of state senator Cathleen Galgiani and spouse Mary Lou Echternach; assemblyman Mike Gipson and wife LaCreacia Gipson; as well as assemblyman Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer Sr., all Democrats, at Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar in Kamuela, also known as Waimea, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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I think a well-funded Latino caucus within the California League of Cities will be a force for good. Good for David Alvarez for making it happen.

April 14, 2017

Maybe GM will make him a lowrider to drive around town.

April 15, 2017

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