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Mike Kanin is the Publisher of the Austin Monitor. As such, he doesn't report on much--aside from the workings of the Monitor--any more. In his previous life as a freelance journalist, Kanin has written for the Washington City Paper, the Washington Post's Express, the Boston Herald, Boston's Weekly Dig, the Austin Chronicle, and the Texas Observer.
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Rail, anti-rail PACs spend big money
The political action committee supporting the transportation bond that includes $600 million for an Austin urban rail system has spent nearly $700,000 in its efforts to get that ballot question passed. Let’s Go Austin PAC reports more than $533,000 raised for the period with roughly $198,000 on hand. Meanwhile the Committee Against Rail Taxes, or CART, has raised more than $114,000, spent nearly $272,000 and has $104,393 on hand. DeRail Austin, an Ed Wendler project, raised $12,000 for the period has $41,000 on hand and has spent $53,034. Our Rail counted $4,636 in contributions, $4,806 in expenditures and $519 on hand.
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