The History of Carl DeMaio
Carl DeMaio says government doesn’t create jobs, But government has created every job he’s ever had:
Born September 14, 1974 in Dubuque, IA
1994 - After attending Georgetown University, DeMaio catches the eye of Newt Gingrich and begins working in Washington, contributing to Gingrich's Contract with America.
1994-1999 - Director of Planning, Congressional Institute. The brainchild of Congressional leaders like Newt Gingrich, DeMaio first tangled with Congress while working with prominent conservatives like Virginia Thomas.
1999 - George W. Bush campaign, budget and management policy advisor.
1999-2004 - Joins the Reason Foundation as Director of Government Redesign. The foundation's board is a who's who of conservative elites, received millions in funding from the Koch Brothers, Scaife Family and the Bradley Foundation and close ties to other major conservative organizations.
2000 – 2007 Founder and principal, Performance Institute, primarily training government employees on outsourcing.
2002 - DeMaio moves to San Diego.
2003 – 2007 Founder and principal, American Strategic Management Institute Inc., primarily training private contractors to take advantage of government outsourcing.
August 2003 - Advises both Tom McClintock and Arnold Schwarzenegger during gubernatorial recall campaign based on his "Citizens' Budget" report. According to DeMaio and . A Schwarzenegger spokesperson later dismissed DeMaio's influence.
April 2004 - DeMaio publicly pressed for the confirmation of David Safavian, a lobbyist-turned Bush official. Safavian was confirmed, but after less than a year he was indicted on multiple felony charges stemming from his dealings with Abramoff.
2004 - With Doug Manchester and John Lynch, funds a $150,000 campaign tacitly supporting Ron Roberts for San Diego mayor, prompting warnings from the San Diego Ethics Commission.
February 2005 - Appointed to Service Acquisition Reform Panel headed by Safavian. "The panel is dominated by contractor advocates – both inside and outside government"
2005 - Backs millionaire conservative Steve Francis for mayor of San Diego.
October 2005 - Despite being identified as one of the people with most frequent access to the city council, DeMaio rejects a call from the City Attorney to register as a lobbyist.
June 2008 - Elected to San Diego City Council with fewer than 20,000 votes, with less than half the turnout averaged by other districts in November general election. He's later fined by the Ethics Commission for improper solicitation of campaign funds.
July 2010 - DeMaio leads ballot measure effort to eliminate living wage protections and boost outsourcing of city jobs. The effort fails to gather enough valid signatures to make the ballot.
November 2011 - DeMaio's pension measure qualifies for ballot.
February 2012 - Dubbed a "political sociopath" by Former City Councilwoman Donna Frye.
June 2012 - Advances to general election San Diego mayoral runoff against Bob Filner.