Jerry Sanders (center) cronies Rachel Laing (left) and Darren Pudgil (right) on the SoccerCity team with
The election isn’t until next year, but the group of La Jolla hedge-fund mavens seeking to privatize the former Qualcomm Stadium and its grounds have already anted-up $3.4 million for a not-so-motley assortment of local political spinmeisters.
An October 10 disclosure filing with the San Diego city clerk is populated by a bevy of ex-staffers for Republican mayor Jerry Sanders, who now runs the local chamber of commerce and is a power behind San Diego mayor and SoccerCity champion Kevin Faulconer. Old Sanders hands include ex–public relations chief Darren Pudgil, getting a total of $56,400. His former second-in-command, Rachel Laing, pulled down $10,091, the documents say, and Republican pollster Competitive Edge Research got $193,552.
California Strategies, where staffer Craig Benedetto is enmeshed in a controversy over the leak of a confidential legal memo by GOP city councilman Chris Cate to the SoccerCity forces, picked up a total of $52,843 through September 30.