On Point: Hopping down the money trail
Last Friday marked the latest filing deadline for campaign finance statements, which this time around included contribution and expense statements from proponents and opponents of a pending ballot measure to develop Alameda Point.
The folks at SunCal have put $563,901.11 into Revitalize Alameda Point, the political committee they set up to put the measure forward, through June 30 of this year. So far, they have spent $536,148.87, the statements show.
The amount includes more than $51,000 to signature gatherers Arno Political Consultants and over $17,000 to two companies, Express Employment Professionals of Oklahoma City and California Call of Oakland, for phone banking. (Heck, it looks like just getting copies of the petitions cost ’em 18 grand alone.) The attorneys who drafted the initiative petition, Peter Bagatelos and Barry Fadem, got another $32,840.
They’ve also spent nearly $41,000 on public relations services, with the lion’s share, $33,095, to Doug Linney’s The Next Generation (Linney is a local who you may also know as our local representative on the East Bay Municipal Utility District board).
Overall, the filings detail more than $273,000 in employee compensation costs, with a fraction going to three named campaign staff (one of whom recently left local political strategists Tramutola LLC to work on this campaign). Those costs are listed on the second of Revitalize Alameda Point’s two filings but are not fully itemized. (Overall, the filings show that SunCal $75,000 in consulting fees plus postage and other miscellaneous costs that are not more specifically itemized.)
Meanwhile, the folks at Protect the Point, which opposes the ballot measure, have raised $9,726.69 and have spent $4,995.16. The amount includes a $6,000 loan from local resident Reyla Graber and donations from a group of other (mostly) local residents that includes onetime City Council candidate Ashley Jones.
The group’s expenditures include $3,416 for consulting work from Jim Ross Political Consulting.