Political dowries

Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins — the former law firm of now-imprisoned superlawyer Bill Lerach — is throwing a fund-raiser for Mike Lumpkin, running in the 52nd Congressional District Democratic primary for the seat now held by the departing Republican Duncan Hunter. The guest of honor is former Georgia senator Max Cleland, and sponsors include ex–state senators Dede Alpert and Steve Peace, failed congressional candidate Francine Busby, as well as La Jolla investor Neil Senturia and wife Barbara Bry. George Krikorian, the wealthy Armenian-American movie house developer from Redondo Beach, is also a sponsor. Lumpkin, a retired Navy SEAL commander, has raised a total of $163,071 as of the most recently reported quarter, versus $278,816 for Marine captain and GOP primary candidate Duncan D. Hunter, the son of the outgoing congressman. … Big-name local money continues to pour into that initiative campaign against gay marriage. Among the latest to donate is Kelly Burt, a San Diego developer who is on the board of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Burt, who is chairman and CEO of Price Self Storage, gave $10,000. He was appointed to the fair board by Arnold Schwarzenegger after giving the GOP governor $142,000; Burt also backed Mitt Romney’s failed presidential bid. Poway’s Tom Kyd, a media developer with Catholic Exchange, an Encinitas-based Catholic website, contributed $15,000; Kyd’s wife Margot, a Sempra Energy vice president, earlier gave $5000. Eight members of the Caster family of El Cajon each gave $9100, as did Gary Davidson of Escondido, listed as CFO of Caster Family Enterprises, which owns and operates A-1 Self Storage facilities from San Diego to San Francisco.

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