So Most of Emerald’s Official Advisory Council Are Campaign Donors?

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Rostra analysis shows 67 percent of Advisory Members are Donors

Last night Marti Emerald took a short interview where she said she was “surprised” that her District 7 Advisory Council would support the massive taxpayer expenditures required for a new downtown library and city hall.

Really?

I’d be pretty surprised too, since every public poll I’ve seen says taxpayers hate both ideas, both of which Emerald publicly supports. But then some little elves took a quick look at Marti’s “Advisory Council” and, stunningly would anyone have guessed that some 67% of the members of this group (the larger group of 34, not the original group of 20 her press release claimed were members) are Emerald campaign donors? Unless 67% of the district were Emerald campaign donors, I’d say this is a pretty unrepresentative voice of the community. (The info culled from online campaign resources is below.)

But finding that almost 67% of the members of the Advisory Council are Emerald campaign donors (which Emerald’s office apparently didn’t think worth telling the Voice of San Diego in the earlier interview) is really only the first question, because again that’s almost 67% of the 34 larger group, not the original 20 that Emerald said met with the Mayor’s representative. Anyone want to make a guess what the ratio might be with that group of 20  (hint: Emerald took four days to reveal the list of 34)? The public information requests will no doubt let us in on that little secret, unless Emerald wants to come clean now.

So just to make all this clear: Emerald formed her campaign donors into an official “Advisory Council,” then allegedly met with the Mayor’s office, presumably without telling the Mayor’s office these were campaign donors rather than legitimate community representatives, then issued a public press release stating that this group endorsed controversial measures Emerald herself supports, without noting in the release that the group was largely campaign donors. All this, by the way, was paid for by you and me, since it was all done on government time, with government resources, by government employees.

Now what would the reaction of Marti Emerald “Troubleshooter” to this little scam? Turko? Is this what Emerald means when she talks about ‘open government’ – essentially generating a fake community group to make it sound like some fairly controversial positions she is taking have community support? Further, what are the legitimate community group activists supposed to think? Does it take a campaign contribution to ‘advise’ Councilwoman Emerald?

The review of campaign donors was done quickly. Maybe the Union Tribune or Voice of San Diego can pick it up with their more substantial resources. Meanwhile, our little research elves are still digging…

Here are the stats (date, dollar amount, name, election):
5/12/2008 50 Froome, Roberta Primary 6/3/2008
8/29/2008 50 Froome, Roberta Primary 6/3/2008
3/17/2008 25 Froome, Roberta Primary 6/3/2008
5/30/2008 60 Fisketti, Claudia Primary 6/3/2008
4/24/2008 100 Fisketti, Claudia Primary 6/3/2008
8/4/2008 50 Fisketti, Claudia Primary 6/3/2008
3/13/2008 50 Fisketti, Claudia Primary 6/3/2008
5/17/2008 20 Edgington, Barbara Primary 6/3/2008
8/19/2008 50 Edgington, Barbara Primary 6/3/2008
5/2/2008 70 Rideout, Nancy Primary 6/3/2008
9/8/2008 270 Rideout, Nancy General 11/4/2008
1/17/2008 100 Rideout, Nancy Primary 6/3/2008
3/17/2008 100 Rideout, Nancy Primary 6/3/2008
9/4/2007 270 Mundell, Carol Primary 6/3/2008
7/11/2008 270 Mundell, Carol General 11/4/2008
8/11/2008 50 Taylor, David General 11/4/2008
9/18/2008 50 Taylor, David General 11/4/2008
1/7/2009 270 Brown, Dana Primary 6/3/2008
5/7/2008 100 Teipel, Celeste Primary 6/3/2008
4/30/2008 100 Balkwell, Carolyn Primary 6/3/2008
9/24/2008 100 Balkwell, Carolyn General 11/4/2008
2/11/2008 50 Balkwell, Carolyn Primary 6/3/2008
10/18/2007 100 Minter, Mike Primary 6/3/2008
7/14/2008 50 Spencer, Jennifer Primary 6/3/2008
8/11/2008 30 Spencer, Jennifer Primary 6/3/2008
3/3/2008 50 Spencer, Jennifer Primary 6/3/2008
12/7/2007 100 Oleff, Howard Primary 6/3/2008
10/29/2008 25 Oleff, Howard General 11/4/2008
9/29/2007 270 Coombs, Diane B Primary 6/3/2008
8/22/2008 150 Coombs, Diane B General 11/4/2008
10/19/2007 270 Owen, Karen J Primary 6/3/2008
10/1/2008 100 Owen, Karen J General 11/4/2008
10/15/2008 170 Owen, Karen J General 11/4/2008
9/27/2007 220 Latimer, Charles Primary 6/3/2008
6/16/2008 270 Latimer, Charles General 11/4/2008
10/1/2007 270 Filner, Barbara Primary 6/3/2008
7/1/2008 270 Filner, Barbara General 11/4/2008
10/20/2008 100 Knowles, Verna J General 11/4/2008
6/1/2008 100 Spinler, Martha Primary 6/3/2008
10/10/2007 100 Coffey, Pat Primary 6/3/2008
12/31/2007 25 Coffey, Pat Primary 6/3/2008
5/30/2008 100 Coffey, Pat Primary 6/3/2008
10/30/2008 25 Coffey, Pat General 11/4/2008
8/4/2008 45 Coffey, Pat General 11/4/2008
8/4/2008 55 Coffey, Pat General 11/4/2008
10/17/2008 100 Coffey, Pat General 11/4/2008
12/19/2007 25 Weber, Sandra Primary 6/3/2008
10/24/2008 140 Ben-Yehuda, Selma General 11/4/2008
4/1/2008 200 Ben-Yehuda, Amnon Primary 6/3/2008
8/6/2008 70 Ben-Yehuda, Amnon General 11/4/2008
8/6/2008 130 Ben-Yehuda, Amnon General 11/4/2008
5/17/2008 100 Anderson, Barbara C Primary 6/3/2008
9/9/2008 100 Anderson, Barbara C General 11/4/2008
Total 6015

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