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Who says Ron Roberts is a Democrat?

October 28, 2010 - 1:08 am

I’m looking at three different slate mailers that arrived in a Democratic household’s mailbox today. Each one purports to be a guide “for Democrats” and implies that it includes the entire Democratic ticket.

Here’s one (click images to enlarge):

Almost all the candidates listed are the endorsed Democrats…almost. For the keen political observer, one name is missing: Stephen Whitburn, the Democrat running for County Supervisor. In his place, Ron Roberts, the incumbent Republican.

You’ll notice there is not a star next Roberts’ name. That means he didn’t pay to be on this mailer. So, who did pay for it?  And who paid for the two other mailers that included Roberts among Democrats?

Well, California Secretary of State records show that a group called New Majority California paid $4,190 to the folks who made the above mailer to support Ron Roberts on Oct. 20. New Majority also paid $3,995 to the group that made the other two mailers on Oct 21.

According to its  website,  New Majority is a political organization supporting Republican candidates with branches in Orange County, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego. Right before New Majority spent money to include Roberts’ name on these slate mailers, the group received received big donations from the following local organizations:

On Oct. 16, the group received $2,000 from the San Diego Association of Realtors and $11,000 from the Building Industry Association of San Diego County.  On Oct. 12., it received $10,000 from Accretive Investments, which is pushing for a controversial 1,700-home development in Valley Center  and $1,250 from contractors J.T. Kruer & Co., which  was most recently in the news because of  potential conflicts of interest regarding a San Diego waterfront project. At the beginning of October, contractor Doug Barnhart also chipped in $10,000.

I’d dig down deeper to find out who’s donating to the BIA and the Realtors Association, but I’m pretty sure I’d find even more builders and developers and you’d be reading names and dollar figures for another 10 scroll-downs.

All you need to know is this: Are these people directly trying to dupe voters? No, they’re just donating money to a group that is paying people to dupe voters.

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  1. alexsachs permalink
    October 28, 2010 - 10:01 am 10:01 am

    No surprise, here, Dave. The building industry came in big time against Stephen Whitburn in his Council race, and here, architect Ron Roberts is the developer’s best friend. I hope District 4 voters get a chance to see through this. The developers also sent out a hit piece directly attacking Stephen Whitburn, under cover of this same Mystery PAC. Interesting that the “New Majority” really wants to maintain the same-old, same-old majority right wing GOP that Ron Roberts has been a part of for 16 years! I was also surprised that the Voice of San Diego indicated in its recent piece that Stephen has no record on development issues. WRONG. Whitburn has been a strong advocate for neighborhoods and against developers, and has the endorsements of the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. So developers of controversial projects BEWARE. Thanks for pointing out the dirty tricks. Reminiscent of the Infamous Halloween Claw of 2008 – maybe your readers will remember that.

  2. October 30, 2010 - 9:12 am 9:12 am

    Founders of San Diego New Majority/ New Majority PAC
    Michael and Teresa Armstrong
    Greg Benson
    Kelly and Laurie Burt
    Gunder and Millie Creager
    Karolyn Dorsee
    Andrew and Sara Dumke
    Rocco and Joan Fabiano
    Kim and Marilyn Fletcher
    Steve and Gayle Francis
    Bill and Luawanna Hallstrom
    Doug and Gail Hutcheson
    James and Daphne Hutcheson
    Joe and Marie Jubela
    Sandy and Suzanne Kahn
    Ure and Dianne Kretowicz
    Dieter and Ursula Kuster
    Jeff and Jacki Lake
    Papa Doug and Betsy Manchester
    Mark and C’Ann McMillin
    Bryan and Julie Min
    David and Dona Porreca
    Gene and Taffin Ray
    Joel and Ann Reed
    Matt and DonnaMarie Reno
    Harry and Mercedes Singh
    Tom and Jane Sudberry
    Bill VanDeWeghe
    Ron and Tammie Watts
    After going through this list of members I realised why some of our local public servants felt like trojan horses.

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