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GOP Assemblyman and San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher has received a total of $25,100 in campaign contributions from the tobacco industry, according to a database of state legislators released today by the Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, run by the American Lung Association of California.

In an accompanying report, the center said during the two-year state election cycle from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010, "tobacco interests spent $9.3 million to influence elections and legislative policy and have spent nearly $100 million on campaign contributions and lobbying in the past decade (2001-2010)."

According to the center's data, during 2007-2008, Fletcher raised $13,400 from tobacco interests, including $7,200 from Phillip Morris parent Altria Group and $4,600 from RJ Reynolds. During 2009-2010, Fletcher raised a total of $11,700, $7,800 from Altria and $3,900 from RJ Reynolds.

Fletcher's fellow GOP Assemblyman Martin Garrick, recently detained for DUI, received $15,600 during the most recent cycle. Assemblyman Joel Anderson got $8,400, and Sen. Mark Wyland took in $5,800.

Local legislative Democrats reportedly received no tobacco money, according to the database, but the center's numbers do not include so-called independent expenditures, contributions to campaigns supposedly staged without a candidate's knowledge or direction.

Sen. Juan Vargas, now vying to replace Democratic mayoral candidate Bob Filner in Congress, was the notable beneficiary of a massive independent expenditure by Put California Back to Work, sponsored by the Civil Justice Association of California, a big business lobbying group of which Altria is a member.

Details below:

Searchable database of campaign contributions from tobacco interests

Juan Vargas Benefits from $1.2 million independent expenditure

Big money from special interests attempts to sway three local elections

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SurfPuppy619 July 19, 2011 @ 4:32 p.m.

I read Fletcher's op ed piece in the UT on the pension problems, and he is yet another yahoo (like Nutmeg Whitman) who will exempt the BIGGEST abusers of that system, the GED cops and GED firewhiners.

I am not backing anyone who is not going to fix the system right-and that includes our so called "public safety" clowns.


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