The group supporting Mayor Jerry Sanders’ ballot initiatives has collected and spent considerably more money than their opponents leading up to the November contest, according to new financial disclosures that were filed with the city clerk this week.
From the beginning of July to the end of September, the San Diegans for City Hall Reform – Yes on B & C committee has raised $155,160, bringing its total fundraising effort to $355,810 for the campaign. The group has already spent about $377,250 on polling, direct mail, political consulting, yard signs and lawyer fees. The lawyers were needed for the group’s unsuccessful defense of a lawsuit last month.
That financial support contrasts with the opposition, which has not reported any campaign spending yet.
A group opposing Proposition C, which allows the private sector to compete with public employees for the contracts to perform city services, was formed just a week ago. The election is Nov. 7.
The group, called Citizens Against Corruption: No on C, did not raise any money between Sept. 28, when they registered as a campaign committee, and the Sept. 29 filing cutoff date, a spokesman said Friday.
Independently, the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council has spent $2,135 on campaign signs to defeat Proposition C.
There has not been an official opposition mounted against Proposition B, which would require pension increases for city employees to be approved by voters.