Saldana's petition calls for Gonzalez and the Democrats "to return all CoreCivic contributions and refuse future contributions."
  • Saldana's petition calls for Gonzalez and the Democrats "to return all CoreCivic contributions and refuse future contributions."
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CoreCivic, the private prison-owning giant out of Nashville, Tennessee that runs the Otay Mesa Detention Center for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has been drawing heat as a result of president Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, but the spotlight is now turning to local Democrats.

Lori Saldana: "Lorena Gonzalez has accepted campaign contributions from CoreCivic and then transferred the money to the San Diego County Democratic Party to help her husband."

Lori Saldaña, defeated in this month's bitter primary to replace termed-out Republican county supervisor Ron Roberts, has launched an online petition asking San Diego Democrats to return CoreCivic's campaign cash.

"California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez has accepted campaign contributions from CoreCivic and then transferred the money to the San Diego County Democratic Party to help her husband, Nathan Fletcher — a candidate for San Diego County Supervisor," writes Saldaña, who placed third in the June primary after a pummeling by Fletcher and his allies.

Tom Lackey's election fund received $3000 from CoreCivic April 21.

"Under local campaign finance laws, corporations are prohibited from contributing to County Supervisor campaigns. Gonzalez used a loophole to transfer the CoreCivic money to the County Party to help her husband's campaign."

Catharine Baker's election fund got $3000 from CoreCivic on April 13.

"Tell the San Diego County Democratic Party to condemn private for-profit prisons that take children away from their families in San Diego and punish inmates who refuse to work for $1.50/hour," says the petition, which calls for Gonzalez and the Democrats "to return all CoreCivic contributions and refuse future contributions."

Campaign disclosure records show that since June 14 of last year through this April 21, a range of Democratic and Republican California politicos have accepted campaign money from CoreCivic.

The ultimately-failed effort led by Senate leader Toni Atkins to defend incumbent state Senate Democrat Josh Newman against a recall mounted by opponents of the gasoline tax hike he backed received $4000 from CoreCivic in December and April.

Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa's failed bid for governor got $3500. Gonzalez Fletcher received $2000 from CoreCivic in January and April, records show.

Republicans have also benefited from the company's largesse; the Assembly re-election bid of Catharine Baker got $3000 on April 13 and the campaign fund of her colleague Tom Lackey received $3000 April 21.

Until recently a low-profile operation here, San Diego's CoreCivic lockup at the border has become the focus of frequent protest gatherings as the immigrant family separation controversy has grown.

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Comments

Founder June 19, 2018 @ 4:28 p.m.

Expect all SD Leaders to take as much money as they can both while campaigning and while they are in Office!

It how SD Politicians roll (over on voters)...

Be advised that the GOP will outspend and other Campaigns to secure SoCal politics!

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Ponzi June 19, 2018 @ 7:16 p.m.

Lorena Gonzalez should invest some money and time on her health and getting into shape. I know this sounds mean, but she always looks like a big blob. I don’t know what Nathan Fletcher is attracted to unless this is a marriage designed for their mutual political support. Here is a picture of Lorena Gonzalez, she fills up all the white space. She is borderline morbidly obese.

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mridolf June 20, 2018 @ 5:16 a.m.

While I agree somewhat on that assessment of her weight and confusion of his attraction to her, my question to you is, are you married? And while your comments are usually informed and insightful, why in the world are you getting completely off-subject here? If you're so concerned with appearances, show us yourself. Surely that's not your photo we're looking at.

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dwbat June 20, 2018 @ 7:29 a.m.

It's a pic of the infamous swindler Charles Ponzi. Why would anyone want that horrible person to be their avatar? And yes, attacks on a politician's looks are totally inappropriate.

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boemac June 29, 2018 @ 12:54 p.m.

The real fact is most politicians take money from PAC's and thus vote for them and not for the voters. PAC's are killing are way of life

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