SAN DIEGO, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diegans for Open Government has learned that the San Diego hotel industry is violating campaign-finance laws in San Diego municipal elections. Acting through the San Diego Lodging Industry Association Political Action Committee (LIA PAC) and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association Political Action Committee (SDCTA PAC), the hotel industry has spent more than $172,000 to defeat San Diego Measures C and D without any campaign disclosures identifying the hotel industry or its members as the source. With April Boling as the treasurer for both committees, the LIA PAC spent $19,000 on mailers and paid $80,000 to the SDCTA PAC. Local hotelier Richard Bartell's company donated another $43,350 to the SDCTA PAC, which in turn paid San Diego Unified Port Commissioner Bob Nelson's public-relations firm more than $54,000 for anti-C and -D yard signs and radio ads that make no mention of the hotel industry as the monied interests behind the opposition campaign.
Because Measures C and D, Yes for San Diego, are municipal initiatives, campaign disclosures must be filed with the San Diego City Clerk. However, neither the LIA PAC nor the SDCTA PAC has filed any disclosures with the City Clerk for either initiative.