Carlsbad’s Eric Noonan, a warden with the private prison business known as GEO Group, was one of San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s most uniquely employed contributors, kicking in $1050 on election day, June 7.
Other GEO donors to the Republican’s campaign fund on the same date were James Hill of Canoga Park, director of business management, with $200, as well as Charles Dennis and James Taylor, two lieutenants from the firm’s Western Regional Detention Facility downtown, who each came up with $100. Rosalie Smith, an executive secretary at the facility, also gave $100. GEO operations director Frank Strada of San Tan Valley, Arizona, was down for $200.
More common occupations on the roster of mayoral givers included architecture, with 30. The same number of donors admitted they were real estate developers.