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Nathan Fletcher Still Raising Corporate Cash in State Political Fund

Running for mayor in San Diego as a newly self-proclaimed independent, California state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a former Republican, continues to collect corporate cash in his 2010 legislative officeholder account.

The http://www.sandiegoreader.com/documents/2012/apr/04/fletcher-officeholder-account-filing/"> latest contribution to the "Assemblyman Fletcher 2010 Officeholder Account" was made yesterday, April 3, by AT&T, Inc., according to a disclosure filing for the account posted online by the state Secretary of State's office.

The phone giant, which has a big interest in California legislative business and contributes to lawmakers of both parties--and now independent Fletcher--kicked in $2,000.

On March 26, the same officeholder account received $3200 from health insurer Blue Shield of California, and $1000 from the California Chiropractic Association PAC.

As we reported in January, Fletcher raised $51,000 through the fund during 2011, including $2500 from RAI Services Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, an arm of http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2012/jan/31/fletcher-officeholder-fund-backed-by-reynolds-toba/">tobacco industry giant Reynolds American.

Expenditures have included http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2012/feb/29/radar-nathan-fletcher-emissaries/">$2000 paid to Emissary Relations, the San Diego-based political consulting firm run by Benjamin and Anne Bosanac that has also recieved $63,000 from the Fletcher mayoral campaign.

Fletcher's Assembly office chief of staff Erik Caldwell drew a total of $6843 from the acount from July 25 of last year through this March 13, according to Secretary of State disclosure filings. District director Staci Ignell got $615 during the same period.

In addition, the account paid northern California's Sutton Law Firm, which specializes in political matters, $14,145.

Among smaller expenditures was a payment of $180 to Friends of the Israeli Self Defense Forces.

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