According to an
article yesterday on the Voice of San Diego website
, yet another mayoral pet charity has been created in San Diego, called One San Diego
. The article by
Liam Dillon notes that, although the mayor and his wife have no
official or financial relationship with the charity, they are very
closely involved, to the point where a contribution to One San Diego
is effectively a contribution to the mayor, who will likely be
running for re-election next year. Not only are there no limits on
such contributions, but there is also no disclosure.
The most troubling words in the article are those of the nonprofit's
president, a former council president and ally of the mayor: “We’re
going to just focus on abiding by the letter of the law.” What he
means is that, although the nonprofit could disclose all of its
contributions, since by law it does not have to, it won't (however,
any contributions the mayor personally solicits must be disclosed).
This sends the message that the nonprofit has something to hide,
which implies that it is being used for pay to play.