Tuesday, November 01, 2005 | A myriad of businesses, housing development interests and tourism industry representatives have rushed to write checks to the county’s Republican Party in support of mayoral candidate Jerry Sanders and two other local conservative office seekers.
In less than a month, the San Diego County Republican Central Committee reported raising $492,625 in contributions. The flurry of donations came between Sept. 25 and Oct. 22 – raising the total reported contributions to the local Republican Party for the year to more than $865,600.
The money flowing into the Republican Party can only be used for so-called “member communications” – to support mailers and other forms of advertisement directed at San Diego County residents who are registered as Republican voters.
But the solid base of financial support will allow individual Republican mayoral and City Council candidates to direct their own resources at independent or even Democratic voters.
Party Chairman Ron Nehring said that one fund-raiser the party held recently – a “Salute to Republican Elected Officials” in honor of former Mayor Pete Wilson – was its most successful ever.
Nehring said the event brought in pledges and contributions totaling more than $800,000.