In the fall of 2012, volunteers on Bob Filner’s mayoral campaign were in for a tasty treat. Two giant standalone freezers, the kind you’d find in a corner store, sat in the middle of Filner’s campaign headquarters. Inside were ice cream sandwiches, Dippin’ Dots, firecracker popsicles and so many other frozen goodies that the campaign had no fear of exhausting its supply.
The ice cream was courtesy of Mark Arabo and the Neighborhood Market Association, someone who worked on the Filner campaign who would only speak on the condition of anonymity told me.
But this delicious gift never appeared on Filner’s campaign forms as required. Even the smallest of donations must be disclosed under the law. Arabo maintains he didn’t give the ice cream to Filner and doesn’t know how the candidate got it.
“We gave it to the Democratic Party,” said Lundon Attisha, the association’s spokesman. “From there, it’s the Democratic Party’s. It’s not like we followed the ice cream.”