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Keep Austin’s Word well-financed in anti-Prop 2 race
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Austin Monitor
The final campaign-finance reports heading into the Nov. 4 election show the Keep Austin’s Word PAC with a substantial fund-raising edge over the Stop Domain Subsidies group supporting Proposition 2. However, both groups are reliant upon a handful of contributors to make up the bulk of their accounts.
For Stop Domain Subsidies, that contributor is group founder Brian Rodgers. While the group’s campaign finance reports show several individuals and businesses donating between $10 and $500, Rodgers has personally given more than $41,000. Most of that came in a single donation last week of more than $26,000. The group so far has spent $18,000 on TV ads with Time Warner Cable and $3,000 on advertising with KXAN. Stop Domain Subsidies shows just over $13,000 on-hand for the final week of the campaign.
The 8-day report for Keep Austin’s Word, which is opposing Proposition 2, shows just over $77,000 on-hand. The group reports spending $260,000 so far on its campaign. That includes $27,000 on radio advertising, $77,000 on broadcast TV ads, $25,000 for advertising on Time Warner Cable, and $80,000 on signs, mailers, and graphics.
The major contributors to Keep Austin’s Word are The Domain shopping center (owned by Simon Properties), which gave $75,000; the Domain’s original owner, Endeavor Real Estate Group, which gave $50,000, and Prologis Management Inc., which gave $25,000. Prologis is the parent company of Catellus, which is handling the re-development of the former
Lynda Rife, campaign manager for Keep Austin’s Word, said the Chamber and the EDC were both originally on the pledge statement. “It was my fault,” the campaign reported money would come from the Chamber of Commerce, she told In Fact Daily.
The EDC does receive money from the City of
Officials with Keep Austin’s Word said they are upbeat going into the final week before the election. Taking into account contributions in both the 30-day and 8-day reports, the PAC has collected more than $350,000 to defeat the Stop Domain Subsidies charter amendment. Rife said she feels good about the group’s ability to convince voters not to vote for the amendment, since all the newspapers that do endorsements in
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