Kristin Gaspar, the Encinitas mayor who is running for a seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, raised nearly three times as much money from individual donors as her opponent, incumbent District 3 Supervisor Dave Roberts, during the latest three-month filing period, financial disclosure forms show.
Gaspar collected a total of $145,290 between July 1 and Sept. 24, compared to just $54,904 for Roberts, whose freshman term has been marred by allegations of sexual harassment and illegal use of taxpayer funds – resulting in three claims by former staffers that cost county taxpayers $310,000 to settle.
So far this year, Gaspar has raised a total of $333,168 in cash contributions, not counting a $50,000 personal loan.
Contributions during the most recent filing period include $500 from Jim Desmond, the mayor of San Marcos; $500 from Martin Garrick, the former state Assemblyman and Reagan Administration official; $250 from former state Assembly candidate Sherry Hodges; $850 from Rancho Santa Fe investor William Lynch; $400 from Encinitas City Councilman Mark Muir; $750 from Leon Parma, a close personal friend, advisor and frequent golfing companion of former President Gerald R. Ford; $250 from former Escondido Mayor Lori Pfeiler; $300 from Vista Mayor Judy Ritter; $750 from former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders; $250 from Carlsbad City Councilman Michael Schumacher; and $100 from Poway Mayor Steve Vaus.
Roberts, by contrast, has collected $236,079 in cash contributions so far this year. He also has loaned his campaign $75,000.
Contributions during the latest filing period include $250 from Julie Norby, a principal in the Solana Beach School District and wife of consultant Peder Norby, once mentioned as a potential supervisorial candidate himself; $250 from Patricia Boaz, executive director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy; $200 from San Dieguito Union High School District trustee Joyce Delassandro; $300 from Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs; and $100 from environmentalist Diane Nygaard of Preserve Calavera, a leader in the fight to stop a mall project in Carlsbad.
Gaspar also outspent Roberts, although by not nearly as wide a margin. Financial disclosure forms show that during the July 1-Sept. 24 filing period, her payments amounted to $86,046, with the largest chunk, $46,149.47, going to Revolvis Consulting for not just consulting services, but also campaign literature and paraphernalia, campaign advertising, phone banks and website services. Golden State Consultants, which specializes in fundraising, received an additional $15,069.04.
During the same period, Roberts spent $69,698.39, with most of the money going to consultants such as Kennedy Mendoza Consultants ($16,000, plus another $4,000 owed), Gary Gartner/Gartner Public Affairs ($5,000), Jonathan Parker ($7,258.06) and Matthew Rice ($4,436.94). Roberts also paid Tulchin Research $14,160 for polling data.
Each contender also is benefiting from independent expenditure support from political action committees, or PACs.
Thomas K. Arnold is a veteran San Diego journalist who throughout the 80s and 90s wrote for the San Diego County Edition of the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Reader and San Diego Magazine. He has won numerous awards from the San Diego Press Club and the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Arnold is currently publisher and editorial director of Home Media Magazine, a weekly trade publication serving the $20 billion home entertainment industry. He is a former City of Carlsbad planning commissioner, editorial editor and editorial writer for U-T San Diego, and columnist for U-T San Diego and the North County Times.