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Expensive campaign for proponents, foes

Amanda Fehd

Opponents and proponents of Measure B have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on their campaigns.

The Measure B Committee has spent more than $412,000 on the campaign, relying on donations from individuals, businesses, chambers of commerce and professional associations and fund-raisers, according to Steve Rice, campaign manager for Measure B and resident of El Dorado Hills. Beyond the amount of money raised by the Measure B Committee, four other committees have been involved in fund raising.

The No Gridlock Commission, which opposes Measure B and favors Measure D, has spent $93,000. Of that, $40,000 was spent to get both referenda on the ballot and for legal fees to keep them on the ballot, according to Kathi Lishman, former Placerville mayor and city councilmember from 1988-2004. She opposes Measure B.

The county cannot by law spend any money on political campaigns. Letters sent with government officials’ names on them, such as County Supervisor Dave Solaro, were paid for by the Measure B campaign.

McNally Temple Associates, a public relations firm in Sacramento, served as political consultant to the Measure B campaign.

The No Gridlock Commission, which opposes Measure B, is supported by the League to Save Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Club, and the League of Women Voters.

Among those who support the Measure B campaign are real estate agents’ associations, title companies, construction, paving, painting and carpentry companies, Assemblyman Tim Leslie, R-Tahoe City, and U.S. Rep. John Doolittle, R-Rocklin.

In today’s Opinion section, South Lake Tahoe politicos John Upton and Tom Davis express their support in a guest column.

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