There’s still no date for a vote on the $937 million Santa Clara stadium project for the San Francisco 49ers, but that didn’t stop Santa Clarans for Economic Progress from sending out a mailer to all of the city’s 46,000 registered voters last week, urging them to vote “yes” on the project. Reports the San Francisco Chronicle:
So how did Santa Clarans for Economic Progress pay for that? With a little help from the 49ers, of course.
Lisa Gillmor, a former city councilwoman and central figure in the pro-stadium group, said the 49ers provided a substantial contribution for the mailers and the team was expected to continue funding Santa Clarans for Economic Progress.
“It will be the significant share of our campaign budget,” said Gillmor. She declined to say how much the team put up or the total cost of the mailing, saying it would compromise strategy.
Gillmor added that she expects “San Francisco interests” to finance the “no” campaign, which led Bill Bailey, treasurer for the opposition group Santa Clara Plays Fair, to say that his organization has received only a single $50 donation from anyone in San Francisco.
Weirdly, it doesn’t look like the San Jose Mercury News has reported on the mailing yet, though it has found room to speculate on the stadium project’s impact on San Francisco’s UFL franchise.