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While those two rich guys from La Jolla, Democrat Irwin Jacobs and Republican Douglas Manchester, are battling it out for their respective mayoral candidates and putative future control of San Diego's city hall, big labor hasn't remained idle.

A disclosure dated yesterday reveals that the giant American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees union's CA People independent expenditure committee has just pumped $75,000 into Working Families for a Better San Diego to support David Alvarez for Mayor 2013, an independent expenditure committee run by the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council.


The money came from yet another political committee, the United Domestic Workers of America Action Fund AFSCME Local 3930, the filing shows.

As previously reported, such money maneuvering isn't unique to labor.

Cash from U-T publisher and hotel mogul Manchester has been snaking its way through a series of Republican Party run funds, the better, critics say, to obscure the donor's identity.

Manchester and his mini media empire are backing Republican Party candidate Kevin Faulconer, and have targeted one of his rivals, Democrat Nathan Fletcher, backed by San Diego's richest man and Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, for special opprobrium.

Meanwhile the local GOP has already begun to spend for Faulconer, on September 24 plunking down a total of $8205 for "member communications expenditures" on his behalf, according to a disclosure filed yesterday.

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John Kitchin Sept. 26, 2013 @ 11:19 a.m.

Mike Aguirre is the only current candidate for Mayor that has battled with the Real Estate Mob that convicted Mayor Filner in the news media, and has continued his anti-corruption campaign by limiting how much he will allow supporters to contribute. The San Diego poor and homeless have endorsed Aguirre for Mayor.


sdraoul Sept. 27, 2013 @ 7:18 p.m.

A conspiracy ran Filner out of office? Laughable. Whiny.


John Kitchin Sept. 28, 2013 @ 11:12 a.m.

He and Don Bauder spoke of it on this website. Having had it done to me once, in exactly the same way, I not only believe it, but can absolutely prove it.


monaghan Sept. 28, 2013 @ 5:29 p.m.

An ad for David Alvarez appeared on Channel 8 News at 11 p.m. on Friday September 27, perhaps the first in a series that Labor $ will pay for.


Yankeedoodle Sept. 28, 2013 @ 11:10 p.m.

Monaghan: I saw that ad, and thought it was pretty well done. Today we also saw Reich's "Inequality for All," making one think once more about the role of money in elections.


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