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The Lincoln Club is anything but shy about their disdain for democratic mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher. In a lobbyist disclosure today, the conservative group revealed it spent $22,364 on a new round of mailers aimed at discrediting the former Republican State Assemblyman as well as $25,000 on "display advertising.

Of course, the Lincoln Club isn't going it alone in their attempt to bash Fletcher. In the same disclosure, the club revealed a $40,000 contribution from the San Diego County Republican Party, much of that money coming from high-browed donors such as UT-San Diego's Douglas Manchester and mega-developer Thomas Sudberry.

The latest round of expenditures is just a small part of a larger effort by the Lincoln Club and the local GOP to sway votes from Fletcher to their candidate councilmember Kevin Faulconer.

Last week, the club disclosed it spent over $7,000 to set up an anti-Fletcher website as well as an additional $31,330 on an earlier mailer.

The previous mailer sparked some controversy when Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs took offense to claims that Fletcher was just a political pawn for the company to move their agenda. Jacobs penned a letter to Lincoln Club chair William Lynch demanding an apology. That apology has not yet arrived.

The attacks will likely continue as recent polls show Fletcher in front of the pack, leading Faulconer by more than four-percentage points.

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Visduh Oct. 14, 2013 @ 1:06 p.m.

This suggests that the club has thumbed its nose at Paul Jacobs and his "demand" for a retraction and apology for earlier mailers. Good for them. Let's get the apathetic voters in the city to pay attention. When that happens, they might be informed when they go to the polls (for a change.) Yes, this is unpleasantly vitriolic, but no more sinister than if the campaigns were stealthy and superficial. Rather than complain, the Jacobs/Qualcomm cabal should attack Faulconer and Alvarez (and Aguirre for good measure.)


John Kitchin Oct. 15, 2013 @ 10:12 p.m.

Good plan to bash the Candidate of All Possible Opinions. Fletcher is probably good for at least 20 more political party and philosophy changes by the end of the year. Paul Aguirre would be nice, not as good as Bob Filner, mind you, but way better than the alternative, David Alvarez!


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