How funny. You might remember my discussion of the potential awkwardness that would come up when Brian Maienschein funded his city attorney campaign.

To refresh, he’s going to use the stash of funds left over from his 2004 campaign for City Council.

But he technically has to transfer the pile over one donation at a time. Today the city clerk posted his latest financial disclosures and sure enough, the transfer is complete. Now, all those donors to his 2004 campaign are listed, essentially, as donors to his city attorney campaign.

This is interesting because the list will undoubtedly include dozens of people who do not support Maienschein’s city attorney bid.

One of them listed, for example, is attorney Karen Heumann. She, of course, is now one of the most important people in City Attorney Mike Aguirre’s administration. I imagine her boss might be a little uncomfortable with her giving to Maienschein’s campaign to oust him.

The second name that really stood out was Tony Krvaric — the head of the Republican Party of San Diego County. It’s fair to say Krvaric is not a supporter of Maienschein’s bid for city attorney.

This was from a press release Krvaric recently sent out.

“Councilman Maienschein is sending deceptive mail to Republican voters in San Diego,” said Chairman Tony Krvaric.  “His mail is designed to intentionally mislead Republican voters by giving them the impression that he is endorsed by the Republican Party.”

“Councilman Maienschein has absolutely not been endorsed by the Republican Party,” said Krvaric.  “Suggesting otherwise, by using the Republican name and logos in such a deceitful manner is not only shameful, but an insult to Republican voters, who will not be so easily fooled.”

Ironic that Krvaric might have helped pay for that mailer.

The list of people who also are now funding Maienschein’s city attorney campaign includes Murray Galinson, who is actually counted as a supporter of Scott Peters.

The list itself is a who’s who:

  • Jerry Butkiewicz, who until recently was the Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council. The Labor Council, of course, now passionately supports Scott Peters for city attorney.
  • Fred Sainz, the mayor’s spokesman
  • Judie Italiano, general manager of the city employees’ white collar union
  • City Councilman Kevin Faulconer
  • Phil Thalheimer, who’s running for City Council District 1
  • Ronne Froman, the former COO of the city
  • Joe Craver, the head of the local Red Cross
  • And the list goes on…and on…

Check to see if you’re on it here. And let me know if you want it to be known you are asking for your money back.

Update: Krvaric e-mails saying he does want his money back.


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