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Charter-amendment campaigns lopsided on contributions, spending

October 10, 2018

The campaigns for and against the three controversial charter amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot have collectively raised more than $1.5 million and spent nearly $1 million as they try to persuade local voters to take their sides.

But the campaign-finance reports filed by the pro-amendment San Antonio First campaign and anti-amendment Go Vote No campaign show significantly lopsided fundraising and spending efforts. The opposition campaign’s fundraising accounts account for more than 87 percent of the collective total. That campaign, backed by the Secure San Antonio’s Future political action committee, also accounted for roughly 80 percent of the collective spending in the charter-amendment election.

The fire union’s San Antonio First PAC reported a total of three itemized contributions comprising the $250,447 the group collected between July 6 and Sept. 27. The fire union contributed $150,000 to the effort while its PAC gave $100,000 to the campaign. Bob Martin, head of the Homeowner Taxpayers of Bexar County, gave the pro-amendment campaign $95.80. The report shows that the union’s PAC collected about $350 in small, unitemized contributions as well.

The Go Vote No campaign reported $1.3 million in contributions, ranging from $10 to $200,000 between July 1 and Sept. 27.

This is a developing story. Check ExpressNews.com later for updates.

Josh Baugh is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jbaugh@express-news.net | Twitter: @jbaugh

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