By Ken Stone
Bry reports taking in $531,591 from nearly 1,200 donors between Jan. 1 and June 30, while her fellow Democrat Gloria reports raising $646,000 from more than 2,100 individuals. Bry has spent $237,000 and Gloria $229,000.
But an independent PAC supporting Gloria has raised $190,000, including $50,000 each from two labor PACs and $25,000 from a third.The labor PAC — San Diegans from Every Community in Support of Todd Gloria for Mayor 2020 — shows $15,000 from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and $10,000 from Mel Katz of Del Mar, co-owner of Manpower. Former San Diego City Manager Jack McGrory kicked in $5,000.
“We have a long way to go before the March primary election,” Bry said in a statement Wednesday, “but this report reflects the tremendous enthusiasm and diversity of support I’ve received from voters who are tired of career politicians and politics-as-usual at City Hall and want transparency, accountability, improved neighborhood services and an expanded innovation economy to move our city forward.”
Several hours later, Gloria issued a statement on his own finances, saying: “It’s clear our message is resonating” and touting contributions from “working people, small business owners, activists and neighborhood leaders.”
Almost 90 percent of donations made to his campaign came from San Diego County and 77 percent came from within the City of San Diego, Gloria said.
Bry noted contrasts with Gloria without using his name.
“Unlike some candidates who rely on support from Sacramento politicians and out-of-town special interests, 94% (1,119) of my contributors live in San Diego County, and 77% (912) live in the City of San Diego,” she said. “My contributors range from 565 under $100 to several at the maximum of $1,150.”
(In fact, nearly 120 individuals gave Bry $1,150, and more than 1,000 donors used the ActBlue intermediary site.)Bry also highlighted that nearly all her contributions were for the March primary election.
“Some candidates attempt to ‘pad’ their fundraising totals by aggressively soliciting maximum contributions for both the primary and general elections,” she said, “even though only primary election contributions can be spent by campaigns prior to March 3.”
Large donors to Bry include $1,150 donations from Pam Gaffen, board chair of Gafcon Inc., CEO Yehudi Gaffen of Gafcon Inc.; Thomas Sudberry and Colton Sudberry of Sudberry Properties; Scott Jones, owner of Ace Parking; venture capitalist Steve Westly; and Georges at the Cove restaurateur George Hauer.
Bry’s husband, Neil Senturia, also gave $1,150.
The political action committee backing Gloria, who has received several high-profile labor union endorsements, received $50,000 each from Laborers International Union of North America Local 89 of San Diego and Southern California District Council of Laborers PAC of Long Beach.
An additional $25,000 came from Laborers Pacific Southwest Regional Organizing Coalition PAC of Sacramento.
Community advocate Tasha Williamson, a third Democrat seeking to replace Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer, raised $675. Rich Riel, Beatrice Marion, Cedric Greene and Bonnie Eisner also joined the race.
Updated at 9 a.m. Aug. 3, 2019
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