4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

La Jolla billionaire homeowner's unreported six-figure gift comes back to haunt "No on 8" forces

A campaign contribution of $142,000 to a committee battling 2008's Proposition 8 - the state's same sex marriage ban - by La Jolla billionaire homeowner Ron Burkle plays a featured role in a stipulated agreement made public today between the "No on 8" campaign and the California Fair Political Practices Committee.

Due to be voted on by the commission at its regular monthly meeting next week, the 16-count stipulation requires the "No on 8, Equality for All" committee to fork over a total administrative penalty of $42,500.

Burkle, who made a large part of his fortune in supermarket takeovers, also has homes in both Beverly Hills and Manhattan. In 1999, he bought an old 1960s mansion on the La Jolla Farms bluffs, then tore it down, and built a sprawling new manse, said to have nine bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, on 5.5 acres.

(Update: We stand corrected on who tore down the property's original mansion. See first comment below.)

The estate has long served as a private seaside getaway and fundraising venue for prominent Democrats, including Ex-president Bill Clinton, Sen. John Kerry, and ousted California governor Gray Davis.

Democratic state Sen. Christine Kehoe of San Diego once carried a law, struck down in March 2005, that allowed Burkle to seal his controversial divorce case from public view.

In addition to "No on 8", two other political committees opposing Prop 8, Equality California Issues PAC and the Human Rights Campaign California Marriage PAC – No On Prop 8 Committee, reached separate agreements with the commission.

According to the documents up for consideration, Equality California has agreed to pay a $31,500 penalty. The Human Rights Campaign will have to come up with $6,000 under its own deal with the FPPC.

The agreements come less than a month after the Fair Political Practices Commission levied $49,000 in fines on the pro-Prop 8 committee, ProtectMarriage.com -- Yes on 8, for various reporting violations.

The currently proposed sanctions arose from post-campaign audits conducted by the state's Franchise Tax Board of each of the three committees for the period between January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008.

In the case of "No on 8," the committee "failed to timely file late contribution reports; failed to timely file election cycle reports; failed to timely file $5,000 reports; and failed to disclose certain information regarding persons who contributed $100 or more," according to an exhibit attached to the agreement.

Burkle's contribution to "No on 8," listed as part of Count 15 in the exhibit, was made November 12, 2008, a week after the November 5 election.

The "No on 8" committee was required by law to disclose such late contributions of $5,000 or more "in an online campaign report filed within 10 business days of receipt [of the contribution]," but failed to do so, the document says.

In all, "No on 8" raised approximately $43.3 million and spent about $43.1 million in its failed bid to defeat the measure.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

John Fogerty, Local Author Talk: T. Jefferson Parker, Tijuana Street Food Tour

Events January 20-January 22, 2022

A campaign contribution of $142,000 to a committee battling 2008's Proposition 8 - the state's same sex marriage ban - by La Jolla billionaire homeowner Ron Burkle plays a featured role in a stipulated agreement made public today between the "No on 8" campaign and the California Fair Political Practices Committee.

Due to be voted on by the commission at its regular monthly meeting next week, the 16-count stipulation requires the "No on 8, Equality for All" committee to fork over a total administrative penalty of $42,500.

Burkle, who made a large part of his fortune in supermarket takeovers, also has homes in both Beverly Hills and Manhattan. In 1999, he bought an old 1960s mansion on the La Jolla Farms bluffs, then tore it down, and built a sprawling new manse, said to have nine bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, on 5.5 acres.

(Update: We stand corrected on who tore down the property's original mansion. See first comment below.)

The estate has long served as a private seaside getaway and fundraising venue for prominent Democrats, including Ex-president Bill Clinton, Sen. John Kerry, and ousted California governor Gray Davis.

Democratic state Sen. Christine Kehoe of San Diego once carried a law, struck down in March 2005, that allowed Burkle to seal his controversial divorce case from public view.

In addition to "No on 8", two other political committees opposing Prop 8, Equality California Issues PAC and the Human Rights Campaign California Marriage PAC – No On Prop 8 Committee, reached separate agreements with the commission.

According to the documents up for consideration, Equality California has agreed to pay a $31,500 penalty. The Human Rights Campaign will have to come up with $6,000 under its own deal with the FPPC.

The agreements come less than a month after the Fair Political Practices Commission levied $49,000 in fines on the pro-Prop 8 committee, ProtectMarriage.com -- Yes on 8, for various reporting violations.

The currently proposed sanctions arose from post-campaign audits conducted by the state's Franchise Tax Board of each of the three committees for the period between January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008.

In the case of "No on 8," the committee "failed to timely file late contribution reports; failed to timely file election cycle reports; failed to timely file $5,000 reports; and failed to disclose certain information regarding persons who contributed $100 or more," according to an exhibit attached to the agreement.

Burkle's contribution to "No on 8," listed as part of Count 15 in the exhibit, was made November 12, 2008, a week after the November 5 election.

The "No on 8" committee was required by law to disclose such late contributions of $5,000 or more "in an online campaign report filed within 10 business days of receipt [of the contribution]," but failed to do so, the document says.

In all, "No on 8" raised approximately $43.3 million and spent about $43.1 million in its failed bid to defeat the measure.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Comments
1

In 1999, he bought an old 1960s mansion on the La Jolla Farms bluffs, then tore it down, and built a sprawling new manse, said to have nine bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, on 5.5 acres.

Totally, 100% false. The house that was there was torn down by a spec developer who built the current home but ran out of money to finish the hosue and Burkle bought it for $25 million and finished it.

Sept. 6, 2012

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close