Ken Leighton 3:30 p.m., Feb. 15
GOP and Koch-backed think tank operative gives Nathan Fletcher funding assist
Republican fundraiser who worked with Dick Cheney and Rudy Giuliani now pulling in dollars for newly minted Democrat
Sometime it's hard to tell a Republican from a Democrat in San Diego's mayors race without a program.
As reported here yesterday, Irwin Molasky, an old friend of the late mobster Moe Dalitz and a big backer of Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton, is squarely behind the candidacy of GOP mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer.
Meanwhile, over in the camp of newly minted Democrat Nathan Fletcher, a former top GOP fundraiser and staffer at the conservative Koch brothers-backed Manhattan Institute for Policy Research is hard at work.
As first reported in February of last year, Anne Bosanac is a longtime Fletcher helper, having been finance director of his mayoral campaign the last time out.
She and husband Benjamin Bosanac founded Emissary Relations, which as reported here in April of last year was paid $65,000 from the then-Republican legislator's so-called office holder's account - funded by cash from tobacco industry giant Reynolds American, among other special interest giants - and other campaign committees.
According to a profile posted on Emissary's website:
Anne Bosanac is one of the premier fundraisers in California. She serves as a Principal at Emissary Relations, LLC and assists political candidates, organizations and non-profits across the country with implementing strategic fundraising plans
Anne previously served as the Director of the California Republican Party’s statewide donor program.
Anne also served as the Development Officer for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in New York City.
Anne was responsible for maintaining and expanding donor relationships with individuals and foundations for the Institute.
Anne managed Manhattan Institute's high-profile fundraising events with honorees such as President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Former Mayor Ed Koch.
Critics on the left, including the Greenpeace environmental group, calculate that foundations run by the conservative Koch brothers gave a total of $1.4 million to the Manhattan Institute between 2005 and 2011.
These days Bosanac's old boss Nathan Fletcher has converted to the Democratic party, but she's still along for the ride, based on the appearance of her name, contact number, and NathanFletcher.com email address on an online request for RSVPs to a Fletcher mayoral fundraising event coming up in a couple of weeks.
We've left a call with Bosanac for details.