In case you've heard that the campaign to pass Measure T is backed by special interests with big money, you might be interested in funds raised and spent as of September 30:
|"Yes on T!"||"No on T"|
|Biggest Donors:||Sierra Club: $10,000||
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 467: $25,000
The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Local 467 for allegedly making $50 million in risky real estate investments with Ocean Colony Partners.
|Mel Lane, former publisher of "Sunset" magazine: $5,000||
California Alliance for Jobs: $10,326 in services
The CAJ is a coalition of highway-construction groups
Seaview/Half Moon Bay: $10,000
This is Palo Alto developer "Chop" Keenan's hotel development firm. Mr. Keenan is a partner in the controversial Conservatory Hotel with Bill Crowell, a spokesman for the No on T campaign.
Ocean Colony Partners: $10,000
This Half Moon Bay real estate company was thwarted in one of its development efforts by a vote in recent local elections; Half Moon Bay residents didn't want the project.
|Moss Beach Distillery: $10,000|
According to the San Jose Mercury News, "the majority of Yes on T's money comes from individual donors making $100 to $250 contributions" Yet just five contributors, almost all of them with strong ties to real estate development, are responsible for $65,326 in contributions to the No on T campaign that's nearly 75% of all the money raised by No on T and nearly as much as has been contibuted to the Yes on T campaign.
So where do you stand: with tens of thousands of fellow citizens who put Measure T on the ballot, or with a hand-full of real estate speculators who want to pave the coast? On November 5, the choice is yours.