U-T San Diego
A San Diego group that hired an investigative journalist to collect negative information about a mayoral candidate filed a "financial disclosure to settle a joint investigation by the San Diego Ethics Commission and the state Fair Political Practices Commission," Craig Gustafson reports in U-T San Diego.
Spotlight San Diego paid former San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Caitlin Rother "nearly $23,000" to produce a dossier on Carl DeMaio that it distributed anonymously to media outlets, Gustafson writes. The investment paid off only modestly, however:
The information dredged up went largely unreported because many in the media considered it old, irrelevant and an untoward attempt to draw attention to DeMaio’s homosexuality during the race. The records focused mainly on legal problems involving his partner — San Diego Gay & Lesbian News Publisher Johnathan Hale.