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Sara Jacobs self-funds House campaign to the tune of $2.74 million

Gomez mounts cash comeback during Covid-19 outbreak

Sara Jacobs donated $500,067 on February 24 and $690,00 on March 2 to her campaign from her personal fortune.
Sara Jacobs donated $500,067 on February 24 and $690,00 on March 2 to her campaign from her personal fortune.

The intra-partisan battle to succeed Democratic House member Susan Davis in California's 53rd Congressional district has taken a back seat to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But already there is an emerging winner, at least when it comes to fundraising. Sara Jacobs, the granddaughter of billionaire Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, has collected a total of $3.2 million since last October 1.

Between March 9 and March 31, Gomez outraised her wealthy opponent.

Her opponent, fellow Democrat and San Diego city council president Georgette Gomez, lags with $925,822, according to raw campaign finance data posted online by the Federal Elections Commission. The results cover the period from October 1 of last year through this March 31.

The difference comes from the ability of Jacobs to self-fund her campaign. Since entering the contest last fall, she has personally contributed a total of $2.74 million, according to the FEC's online data.

She made $500,000 contributions on December 10 of last year, January 24, and February 4, as well as coming up with $500,067 on February 24, and $690,00 on March 2.

Other millionaire donations to the Jacobs cause included a total of $16,800 from Rebecca Moores, ex-wife of former Padres owner John Moores, and their daughter Jennifer.

Gomez's campaign kitty, on the other hand, booked just $20 from the candidate. Sources of significant Gomez money included $5,000 each from the California Federation of Teachers COPE and the Laborers' International of North America on December 31.

James Silverwood of Affirmed Housing gave $1800 the same day, as did John Michael of the law firm Peck Madigan Jones.

Affirmed hired Southwest Strategies & Advocacy, LLC last year, to lobby the city council for " design review approval by Civic San Diego for project at the southeast corner of Front and Beech Streets in downtown San Diego," says an April 29, 2019 disclosure filing.

Rapid growth of the coronavirus pandemic in early March brought an end to live fundraising events, ostensibly disadvantaging candidates who hadn't already put money in the bank or, like Jacobs, are mainly self-funded.

But between March 9 and March 31, the end of the latest reporting period, Gomez outraised her wealthy opponent, posting $43,175 compared to $6748 for Jacobs.

Gomez donations included $2800 on March 30 from Breton Peace, son of ex-Democratic state senator Steve Peace, and $5000 on March 27 from the labor's Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Political Action League. Jacobs's largest donation during March was $2800 from longtime Democratic donor Suzanne Hess, whose occupation was listed as "not employed."

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Sara Jacobs donated $500,067 on February 24 and $690,00 on March 2 to her campaign from her personal fortune.
Sara Jacobs donated $500,067 on February 24 and $690,00 on March 2 to her campaign from her personal fortune.

The intra-partisan battle to succeed Democratic House member Susan Davis in California's 53rd Congressional district has taken a back seat to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But already there is an emerging winner, at least when it comes to fundraising. Sara Jacobs, the granddaughter of billionaire Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, has collected a total of $3.2 million since last October 1.

Between March 9 and March 31, Gomez outraised her wealthy opponent.

Her opponent, fellow Democrat and San Diego city council president Georgette Gomez, lags with $925,822, according to raw campaign finance data posted online by the Federal Elections Commission. The results cover the period from October 1 of last year through this March 31.

The difference comes from the ability of Jacobs to self-fund her campaign. Since entering the contest last fall, she has personally contributed a total of $2.74 million, according to the FEC's online data.

She made $500,000 contributions on December 10 of last year, January 24, and February 4, as well as coming up with $500,067 on February 24, and $690,00 on March 2.

Other millionaire donations to the Jacobs cause included a total of $16,800 from Rebecca Moores, ex-wife of former Padres owner John Moores, and their daughter Jennifer.

Gomez's campaign kitty, on the other hand, booked just $20 from the candidate. Sources of significant Gomez money included $5,000 each from the California Federation of Teachers COPE and the Laborers' International of North America on December 31.

James Silverwood of Affirmed Housing gave $1800 the same day, as did John Michael of the law firm Peck Madigan Jones.

Affirmed hired Southwest Strategies & Advocacy, LLC last year, to lobby the city council for " design review approval by Civic San Diego for project at the southeast corner of Front and Beech Streets in downtown San Diego," says an April 29, 2019 disclosure filing.

Rapid growth of the coronavirus pandemic in early March brought an end to live fundraising events, ostensibly disadvantaging candidates who hadn't already put money in the bank or, like Jacobs, are mainly self-funded.

But between March 9 and March 31, the end of the latest reporting period, Gomez outraised her wealthy opponent, posting $43,175 compared to $6748 for Jacobs.

Gomez donations included $2800 on March 30 from Breton Peace, son of ex-Democratic state senator Steve Peace, and $5000 on March 27 from the labor's Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Political Action League. Jacobs's largest donation during March was $2800 from longtime Democratic donor Suzanne Hess, whose occupation was listed as "not employed."

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We will see if money can by Jacobs a house seat.

April 23, 2020

You mean buy (NOT "by").

April 23, 2020

The marriage of money and politics goes back to colonial times. George Washington, 1759 and rum punch. Oh, happy day.

April 23, 2020

There is a long and unfortunate history of rich people buying themselves election victories. You would hope that those days are over, but, guess what? Those days are these days, and money rules the process. If I were a Dem (I'm not) and lived in that congressional district (I don't) I think I would be outraged that this rich girl with her thin resume and lack of political experience would aspire to become a US representative, i.e. a congresswoman. But then plenty of others have pulled that off here and everywhere in the nation. They can also buy senate seats with money.

But there's a bigger matter here, and that is how Sara's billionaire family seems to think they can dictate to the city and county many decisions with their wealth and influence. What was once philanthropy from old Irwin and his offspring is now turning into buying politicians who will dance their tunes. Think of Mayor Sunny and also Nate Fletcher. Both have sold their souls to the Jacobs clan. Do you residents of that district want her and her rich girl attitudes representing you in congress? If you do and vote for her, that's what you're gonna get. And it will be just what you deserve.

April 23, 2020

GOP PACS also spend $millions to elect candidates, so that's OK? Wait until Jacobs joins the House, and shows what she can do. You are judging her before she even takes office. Why the negativity and scorn? There is nothing wrong with her resume, nor her intentions. Remember the Koch brothers (one less now) and their HUGE donations? Their wealth made the Jacobs family look poor. Funny how Republicans who rant against Democrats don't like to talk about their behavior.

April 23, 2020

Yeah, I judge political candidates all the time. This one is particularly egregious because she has a personal fortune that seems bottomless and is using it to buy her way into the House. We had another rich candidate who managed to win a House seat and hold it for many terms, largely because he had the funds to make it happen. He got his comeuppance recently--although he's now trying for a comeback in a different district--due to changing political trends. There are parallels on both sides of the aisle. As to whether the Koch brothers make the Jacobs clan and their Qualcomm billions "look poor", you may know more than I do. The record of the Jacobs clan in buying politicians and influence to roll over local decisions isn't anything to be proud of.

April 23, 2020

Yes, I DO know more than you do. Republican Charles Koch is worth abut $45 billion. [David Koch, who was worth abut the same, is deceased.] Irwin Jacobs is worth about $1.7 billion. Roger Penske is worth more than that! So is Oprah.

May 1, 2020

Well, you did your homework and I didn't. One detail is that when you mention Irwin Jacobs net worth, you also should include his wife. But you don't mention the wealth of the sons--I think there are two--who also were involved in Qualcomm, and then the grandchildren. There are billions more there for sure.

Thanks for the information.

May 5, 2020

Once again, your information is INCORRECT. There are NOT "billions more there for sure." Yes, $millions are there. Millions are not the same as billions. Look it up.

April 12, 2021
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April 28, 2020

"Sara Jacobs self-funds House campaign to the tune of $2.74 million"

Sara Jacobs grandfather funds her House campaign to the tune of $2.74 million

There, I fixed your heading.

May 1, 2020

Ponzi, you do have a way of clearing things up. Too often I'm seeing headlines and sub-headlines that don't describe the story that follows. This was one of those times.

May 5, 2020

You have to write attention grabbing headlines. It will draw in even the most disinterested or skeptical reader. It took me awile to figure it out myself. Most of us didn't go to j-school.

May 5, 2020

Matt Potter is probably the most experienced political reporter in San Diego. There were no false statements in his article, nor in the headline/sub-head. Your comments just reflect your hate-on for Sara Jacobs. I feel sorry for you.

April 12, 2021

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