Politically speaking, it's been quite a week for Qualcomm founder and La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs.
Fresh from his endorsement of Republican city councilman Carl DeMaio's mayoral candidacy last Thursday, the interview-shy cell phone magnate quickly tacked back to the left.
According to a campaign filing posted online late yesterday by the California Secretary of State's office, on October 1 http://www.sandiegoreader.com/documents/2012/oct/03/prop-34-financial-disclosure-report/">the elderly Democrat and his wife Joan each gave a cool $40,000 to Proposition 34, the measure on November's ballot to eliminate the state's death penalty.
As previously reported here, http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2012/may/02/radar-irwin-jacobs-death-penalty/">Jacobs earlier gave $10,000 to the help qualify the proposal for the ballot.
The billionaire has long been a backer of liberal causes, as well as those of the Democratic party.
This year he’s joined http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2012/sep/27/liberal-billionaire-george-soros-joins-cell-phone-/">fellow left-leaning billionaire George Soros in making huge contributions to a super PAC supporting president Barack Obama and a committee opposing GOP candidates.
But San Diego political insiders note that Jacobs has also provided financial backing to Republicans long before his DeMaio endorsement, including http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2012/feb/01/records-show-snapdragon-plan-left-key-officials-in/">lame duck mayor Jerry Sanders, who was a stalwart backer of Qualcomm's controversial "Snapdragon stadium" gambit - declared illegal by the city attorney- as well as the contentious plan by Jacobs to make over Balboa Park.
The anti-death penalty drive has been especially popular among wealthy La Jolla Democrats, many of them lawyers, with http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2012/jul/24/on-eve-of-lerach-bash-ex-wife-and-friends-give-big/">once-imprisoned super-lawyer Bill Lerach leading a fundraising drive featuring a celebrity-laden party at his palatial La Jolla Farms estate.
And http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2012/jul/19/san-diego-chapter-of-american-civil-liberties-unio/">on July 5 the San Diego chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union contributed $100,000.