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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney may have a nice house on the beach in La Jolla, but a few of his wealthy and influential neighbors are backing Barack Obama.

Lawyer Julie Dubick, currently chief of staff to Republican mayor Jerry Sanders, contributed $500 on June 12 to the Obama Victory Fund 2012, the committee's most recent disclosure filing shows. Another La Jollan, billionaire Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, gave $5,000 on June 1.

In 2000, Dubick ran a failed school board race against incumbent Frances O'Neill Zimmerman in a high-voltage contest that became a referendum on the performance of then-superintendent Alan Bersin, championed by Dubick and San Diego's downtown business establishment, including the Union-Tribune, then owned by the late Helen Copley.

A secretive group of wealthy Bersin backers, including Jacobs, Padres owner John Moores, Los Angeles billionaire Eli Broad, and the late Walmart heir John Walton, spent $720,000 on a hard-hitting TV blitz against Zimmerman.

Bersin lasted another five years before being ousted by a new school board. He was subsequently appointed commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection by Obama, but the nomination was later withdrawn after a Senate committee failed to set a confirmation hearing.

He is currently assistant secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security.

On the same day of Dubick's contribution to Obama this June, the mayor's wife, Rana Sampson, who resides with her husband in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego, kicked in $250.

Other notable locals giving to the Obama cause during the month of June included attorney Ron Mix, the old Chargers star, who gave $2500 on June 1. But his money was refunded by the committee on June 12.

His wife Patricia is still down for $2750, given on June 1.

Still bigger funding rolled in from Mission Hills, where Stephen D. McIntee, listed as retired, came up with $15,000 on June 18.

And Rancho Santa Fe's Pamela Wygod, wife of multi-millionaire racehorse owner and chairman of New York-based WebMD Health Corporation Martin Wygod, gave $10,000 on June 20, bringing her total to $25,000.

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monaghan Aug. 15, 2012 @ 12:58 p.m.

Hard to keep track of the allegiances of all our San Diego DINOs and RINOs, but they seem to come together during Presidential races. I guess this is a modest example of Sanders' aide Julie Dubick's old dictum from her failed School Board race about "giving back."


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