Rod Dammeyer, CAC Advisory Services LLC, gave $300,000 last year to San Diegans 4 Great Schools (SD4GS), while Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Jacobs gave $150,000, in an attempt to take over the San Diego School Board. Jacobs is number 828 on Forbes’s annual list of the World’s Top Billionaires. Dammeyer is a board member of High Tech High.
The goal of SD4GS is to take over the SDUSD school board by adding four additional members to the board, all to be appointed by a special elite committee, in addition to the five elected members. Then SD4GS would only need to get one of their own elected to the board to give them a majority. Last year, SD4GS spent $50,000 on radio ads, $130,000 on parking lot petitioners, and $115,000 on consultants, in their bid to take over the school board.