Quid pro cash

Leave it to Jerry Brown to round up the key players in two of San Diego’s ongoing sporting dramas. The state attorney general and ex-governor, now eyeing yet another run at the governorship next year, took his quest for millions of dollars in campaign cash to San Diego County last month. In May, he got Padres owner John Moores to kick in $6500. Moores is selling the baseball team due to his divorce, but the names of all the new owners have yet to be revealed. Two days later, Majestic Realty Co. of the City of Industry gave $6500 to Brown, and Majestic vice president John Semcken contributed $5000 on May 14. Majestic is run by Edward P. Roski, co-owner of the Los Angeles Kings and Lakers, who is now hard at work on building a new stadium in Industry. Although neighbors have challenged the project’s environmental impact report, many believe the stadium will eventually be the new home of Republican Alex Spanos’s San Diego Chargers.

Brown also collected a lot of non–sports-related local money, including a total of $13,000 on May 22 from La Jolla student Anthony Barkett. He’s the son of Lisa and Bill Barkett, a longtime Democratic fund-raising heavyweight. Three years ago, their daughter Jacqueline, a star in My Super Sweet 16, an MTV reality show about well-heeled teenagers and their extravagant parties, nabbed an internship in the Capitol offices of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada.

Brown also received $13,000 from Anakam, Inc., a San Diego–based computer-security outfit specializing in “the acceleration of eCommerce, eHealthcare, and eGovernment by solving the problem of authenticating large and diverse web user bases,” according to the company’s website. The San Diego office of Swinerton Builders gave $5000, and attorneys Gretchen Christina Von Helms and Eugene Iredale each gave $6500, according to Brown’s disclosure report.

Brown has recently come under fire for accepting $48,000 from relatives of Darius Anderson, a longtime Sacramento lobbyist whom Brown’s office is now investigating in connection with public pension fund corruption allegations. As reported by the Sacramento Bee last week, Brown got the money in December of last year but has declined to refund it in the wake of the investigation. “If I were advising Brown, I’d tell him not to keep the money,” John J. Pitney Jr., Crocker professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College, told the paper. “Keeping the money would be a mistake.” Anderson denies doing anything wrong.

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