One of the seven women who has publicly accused San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of inappropriate behavior helped pay off his campaign debt, according to a financial disclosure released Tuesday.
Sharon Bernie-Cloward, head of the San Diego Port Tenants Association, accused Filner last week of making an unwanted sexual advance toward her in 2010 and “groping her backside” after a campaign event last year.
“I was left there startled and fearful. In fact, I actually had someone walk me to my car that night,” Bernie-Cloward told KPBS.
A campaign filing released Tuesday shows Bernie-Cloward gave Filner $200 on Jan. 31 to help pay off the mayor’s more than $100,000 debt from his successful mayoral campaign. Filner raised enough money by the end of June to pay off his entire debt, including $3,500 of his own money and $45,500 from the local Democratic Party, according to the filing.