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Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Caucus fronts effort for Todd Gloria

Cops, realtors, government employees contribute to LGBT fund

Yet another torrent of special interest money, produced by unions and corporations lobbying the California legislature, is making its way to San Diego on behalf of Assembly Democrat Todd Gloria, seeking to replace termed-out Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Gloria is already enmeshed in a long-running controversy over his creation of a 2020 Assembly reelection committee, used to raise money from corporations to fund political activities tied to his quest to be mayor.

Now comes the LGBT Caucus Leadership Fund, operated by the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Caucus, to which Gloria belongs.

City campaign disclosure filings show that the LGBT fund spent $64,794 on February 10 for the production and distribution of digital and direct mail advertising to boost Gloria's mayoral bid.

Donors to the LGBT fund have included the state cop union's Peace Officers Research Association of California Political Action Committee, with $25,000 January 6; the California Real Estate Political Action Committee-California, otherwise known as CREPAC, ($10,000, January 8); Pasadena's East West Bank ($15,000, January 13); and the Government Employees Insurance Co., known as GEICO ($15,000, January 22).

The LGBT fund's spending currently places it third among independent expenditures made here so far this month, city disclosure filings show.

In second place is Michael McConnell, the former coin store owner campaigning against the Measure C convention center expansion and homeless relief tax hike, with $128,150

Towering over all in first place is another big money effort to boost Gloria into the mayor's office. Called San Diegans from Every Community in Support of Todd Gloria for Mayor 2020, the fund spent $304,373 on polling, production, and advertising time through February 13, records show.

Furnishing cash for the effort is a bevy of labor and corporate special interests, many from out of town, including SEIU California State Council Political Committee ($48,571); American Federation of Teachers, Guild Local 1931-COPE ($25,000); San Diego Police Officers Association PAC ($5000); SEIU United Service Workers West Candidate PAC ($10,000); and giant public works engineering outfit WSP, USA ($3000.)

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Guessing the Reader deadline didn't allow for revelation of what that February 10 mailer for Gloria contained; below is a photo of it. It shows that, beyond the sponsors you reveal, the top contributors (defined as "$50,000 or more") are Chevron and Southern California Edison. So this 'caucus' is laundering fossil fuel industry money into the campaign of someone running as Mr. Climate Action Plan. Wonder what they think they'll get for their money that we don't?

Also, although this 'caucus' declares itself an "Independent Expenditure Committee," Gloria is one of the eight leaders of it; and the mailer itself uses the exact official logo artwork and photo from his campaign. Per the FPPC manual for such groups, "An expenditure is not considered independent of a candidate or committee if: It is made at the request, suggestion, or direction of, or in cooperation, consultation, or coordination with the candidate or committee for whose benefit the expenditure is made..." It beggars belief that somehow Gloria was shocked when he found this in his mailbox.

All of which illustrates that, just as Trump has been emboldened by a pass of impeachment from a partisan Senate to even more lawlessness, Gloria has emerged reassured that complaints to the pro-incumbent FPPC and complicit San Diego Ethics Commission will be ignored (in breach of their legal obligations) to double-down on corruption.

Feb. 17, 2020

In this case follow the rainbow and you will find who controls the pot of gold and thus the politician.

Feb. 17, 2020

Love the rainbow reference in this case.

Feb. 20, 2020

He will be expected to deliver many, many things to a disparate group of supporters. How will he be able to satsify the competing and opposing demands? Is he that much of a master politician? It isn't surprising to see SCE buying politicians, but I'm a bit surprised that Chevron is also doing it.

Climate Action Plan, my patoot.

Feb. 17, 2020

Check out this Sacramento Bee article a while back, which reveals some disturbing info about Chevron: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article229911384.html

Feb. 22, 2020

I would think the more important question is how this transfers to the National Political Question, Whose side are you on? Ca. Alliance endorsed Buttigieg. I could see This sect supporting a Bloomberg/HRC ticket. What is hard to discern, split allegiances. Beware of Wolves!

Feb. 18, 2020

I would think that Warren would be a great VP. The Pres could always look good while using Elizabeth as his(her) attack dog.

Feb. 22, 2020

Is he going to be mayor for ALL San Diegans or just 3% of them???

Feb. 20, 2020

I think he will be a much better mayor than Faulconer. But that's not saying a lot. Remember, though, that becoming mayor is Gloria's stepping stone to the next higher office: governor or US senator.

Feb. 21, 2020

Hmm. Becoming mayor of San Diego was Kev's stepping stone to higher office. LOL If he'd done some things that really counted, he might have earned some chops. But he didn't do much at all, and seemed to spend his political capital on the ridiculous convention center expansion, which it seems will fail at the ballot box.

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San Diegans Toni Atkins, second from left, and Todd Gloria, second from right – on Gay Caucus website
San Diegans Toni Atkins, second from left, and Todd Gloria, second from right – on Gay Caucus website

Yet another torrent of special interest money, produced by unions and corporations lobbying the California legislature, is making its way to San Diego on behalf of Assembly Democrat Todd Gloria, seeking to replace termed-out Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Gloria is already enmeshed in a long-running controversy over his creation of a 2020 Assembly reelection committee, used to raise money from corporations to fund political activities tied to his quest to be mayor.

Now comes the LGBT Caucus Leadership Fund, operated by the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Caucus, to which Gloria belongs.

City campaign disclosure filings show that the LGBT fund spent $64,794 on February 10 for the production and distribution of digital and direct mail advertising to boost Gloria's mayoral bid.

Donors to the LGBT fund have included the state cop union's Peace Officers Research Association of California Political Action Committee, with $25,000 January 6; the California Real Estate Political Action Committee-California, otherwise known as CREPAC, ($10,000, January 8); Pasadena's East West Bank ($15,000, January 13); and the Government Employees Insurance Co., known as GEICO ($15,000, January 22).

The LGBT fund's spending currently places it third among independent expenditures made here so far this month, city disclosure filings show.

In second place is Michael McConnell, the former coin store owner campaigning against the Measure C convention center expansion and homeless relief tax hike, with $128,150

Towering over all in first place is another big money effort to boost Gloria into the mayor's office. Called San Diegans from Every Community in Support of Todd Gloria for Mayor 2020, the fund spent $304,373 on polling, production, and advertising time through February 13, records show.

Furnishing cash for the effort is a bevy of labor and corporate special interests, many from out of town, including SEIU California State Council Political Committee ($48,571); American Federation of Teachers, Guild Local 1931-COPE ($25,000); San Diego Police Officers Association PAC ($5000); SEIU United Service Workers West Candidate PAC ($10,000); and giant public works engineering outfit WSP, USA ($3000.)

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Guessing the Reader deadline didn't allow for revelation of what that February 10 mailer for Gloria contained; below is a photo of it. It shows that, beyond the sponsors you reveal, the top contributors (defined as "$50,000 or more") are Chevron and Southern California Edison. So this 'caucus' is laundering fossil fuel industry money into the campaign of someone running as Mr. Climate Action Plan. Wonder what they think they'll get for their money that we don't?

Also, although this 'caucus' declares itself an "Independent Expenditure Committee," Gloria is one of the eight leaders of it; and the mailer itself uses the exact official logo artwork and photo from his campaign. Per the FPPC manual for such groups, "An expenditure is not considered independent of a candidate or committee if: It is made at the request, suggestion, or direction of, or in cooperation, consultation, or coordination with the candidate or committee for whose benefit the expenditure is made..." It beggars belief that somehow Gloria was shocked when he found this in his mailbox.

All of which illustrates that, just as Trump has been emboldened by a pass of impeachment from a partisan Senate to even more lawlessness, Gloria has emerged reassured that complaints to the pro-incumbent FPPC and complicit San Diego Ethics Commission will be ignored (in breach of their legal obligations) to double-down on corruption.

Feb. 17, 2020

In this case follow the rainbow and you will find who controls the pot of gold and thus the politician.

Feb. 17, 2020

Love the rainbow reference in this case.

Feb. 20, 2020

He will be expected to deliver many, many things to a disparate group of supporters. How will he be able to satsify the competing and opposing demands? Is he that much of a master politician? It isn't surprising to see SCE buying politicians, but I'm a bit surprised that Chevron is also doing it.

Climate Action Plan, my patoot.

Feb. 17, 2020

Check out this Sacramento Bee article a while back, which reveals some disturbing info about Chevron: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article229911384.html

Feb. 22, 2020

I would think the more important question is how this transfers to the National Political Question, Whose side are you on? Ca. Alliance endorsed Buttigieg. I could see This sect supporting a Bloomberg/HRC ticket. What is hard to discern, split allegiances. Beware of Wolves!

Feb. 18, 2020

I would think that Warren would be a great VP. The Pres could always look good while using Elizabeth as his(her) attack dog.

Feb. 22, 2020

Is he going to be mayor for ALL San Diegans or just 3% of them???

Feb. 20, 2020

I think he will be a much better mayor than Faulconer. But that's not saying a lot. Remember, though, that becoming mayor is Gloria's stepping stone to the next higher office: governor or US senator.

Feb. 21, 2020

Hmm. Becoming mayor of San Diego was Kev's stepping stone to higher office. LOL If he'd done some things that really counted, he might have earned some chops. But he didn't do much at all, and seemed to spend his political capital on the ridiculous convention center expansion, which it seems will fail at the ballot box.

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