Keadle and her ex-husband, biotech entrepreneur Lyle Turner, were both generous donors to Democrats; in the early part of the past decade, she gave at least $100K to a DNC building fund; in 2002, she was named to a committee that helped select the site of the ’04 Democratic National Convention.
In 2004, according to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, Turner and Keadle were among several early investors that helped Gore purchase the cable channel that became his Current TV.
After her marriage to Turner ended, Keadle was in a relationship with Nick Leibham, a young San Diego lawyer who in 2008 sought to unseat longtime Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.). Leibham lost, but his strong upstart campaign was boosted with an appearance by none other than Al Gore at one of his fundraisers. (Leibham declined to comment.) That same year, Keadle was one of California’s electors in the electoral college.
As much as politics, though, Keadle appears to be devoted to conservation. A longtime resident of Rancho Santa Fe — a San Diego suburb that is among the most affluent communities in the country — she has given generously over the years to environmental programs and oceanography studies at the University of California at San Diego and helped raise money for other Earth-friendly groups.more » « less