Filner "Special Events" committee reports big special interest cash

SDG&E, Chargers, downtown lobbyists listed on disclosure of mayor's inaugural and state of the city events

San Diego's new Democratic mayor Bob Filner has become locally famous for frequently showing up around town for various community events, festivals, and parties.

Now a disclosure report posted online Friday by the city clerk's office and filed February 5 by Filner on behalf of his "Mayor's Special Events Committee" has revealed that a host of the city's special interests have put up cash, food and beverages to sponsor mayoral functions.

Donations include $2,013 each from the San Diego Chargers; Ace Parking ($2,013); downtown GOP lobbying firm California Strategies; SDG&E; real estate developer Corky McMillin Companies; and Cox Communications. Those contributions are dated between January 14 and January 16.

Purpose of the cash and in-kind contributions is listed by the report for "Supporting Mayoral special events, including inaugural and state of the city."

We have a call into the mayor's office for further details on the donations and the mayor’s contribution policies.

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Isn't disclosure the right thing to do? When special mayoral favors are granted the donors is when there's problem, and I'm sure we'll find out about it here. Unless you're rich as Michael Bloomberg (who set up his own no-fees Hurricane Sandy Relief fund) I thought this is the way city politics works. I'm willing to trust but verify.

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