Mayoral candidates and their committees collect big-time donations

The largest contribution yet comes from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, who wrote a $50k check to a committee in support of David Alvarez. Building industry backs Faulconer and Fletcher gets help from private industry

Big donors are opening up their pocketbooks in support of the three-big-name mayoral candidates running in the upcoming November 19 special election.

As is the case with any election, developers and labor unions have gone all in to get their candidate elected.

On the developer front, the Associated Builders and Contractors group has wasted no time in setting up a fundraising arm for Republican-backed candidate, Kevin Faulconer. According to a September 24 disclosure, William Baber, Director of Government Affairs for the trade group began raising contributions for Faulconer the day before filing. The disclosure did not reveal the amount raised.

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce also stepped up for Faulconer. Executive Vice-President Aimee LePore Faucett wrote a $1,000 check for Faulconer. The head of the Chamber of Commerce, former Mayor Jerry Sanders has already endorsed Faulconer and is said to have done so at a gathering of GOP-powerbrokers earlier this month, as reported by Voice of San Diego and more recently by the Los Angeles Times.

As for unions, Councilmember David Alvarez will soon reap the benefits of a massive $50,000 donation from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. The union wrote the check on September 23 to the pro-Alvarez committee Working Families for a Better San Diego to Support David Alvarez for Mayor 2013. And while Alvarez and his campaign are not allowed to touch the stack of cash, the independent expenditure committee sponsored by the local Labor Council are sure to spend every cent on his behalf.

And don't forget, former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Although unsuccessful in obtaining the support from the Labor Council and from the Democratic Party, there are no signs that his fundraising efforts will be slowing down anytime soon. After all, he's got one of the wealthiest men in the country on his side. On Tuesday, Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife Joan Jacobs both gave the maximum contribution allowed of $1,000 to Fletcher's campaign.

Fletcher also collected some campaign cash from William Ayyad, President of real-estate firm, the United Development Group.

The cash flow doesn't seem to be reaching the other eight candidates, however, former City Attorney Mike Aguirre vowed not to accept contributions over $250.

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