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We reported earlier this week that the opposition to Mayor Jerry Sanders’ ballot measures has been nominal so far – at least in terms of campaign expenditures by the labor unions. It now appears City Firefighters Local 145 will be unveiling a television commercial tomorrow, according to a press announcement we received today.

The campaign in support in Propositions B and C has overwhelmingly outspent the measures’ foes with a month to go in the election. As of the end of last month, the Yes on B & C campaign spent $377,250.

That amount is nearly 100 times the $3,785 that the firefighters union and the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council have spent over the same time period.

The campaign’s donors appear very similar to the list of individuals that contributed to Sanders’ mayoral run – specifically, those tied to the real estate industry.

Campaigns for ballot measures also attract big political donations because individuals and companies can give an unlimited amount to support or oppose propositions, a contrast to races for elected office.

With about a month to go before the Nov. 7 election, the Yes on B & C campaign has been helped out by six donors of $10,000 or more:

  • Atlas Hotels, the resort company owned by C. Terry Brown, a frequent Republican booster, has contributed $25,185 as of Sept. 30.
  • The San Diego Board of Realtors political committee has given $20,000.
  • The San Diego Restaurant & Beverage Association’s political committee has donated $15,000.
  • Reno Contracting, Inc., a local developer of commercial buildings, has contributed $11,516.
  • Steve Francis, a healthcare executive and the former pro-business mayoral candidate, has contributed $10,496.
  • Pardee Homes has given $10,000.

An additional 44 individuals and companies have each contributed $1,000 or more to Yes on B & C.


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