Measure J opposition raised more than $1.7 million

The No on Measure J side had this sign vandalized along Union Road. It was put back together until a new one can replace it.

The No on Measure J side has raised more than $1.7 million for its campaign, while the yes side has raised about $120,000, according to campaign finance documents.
Candidates and committees had to submit their latest reports detailing expenditures and donations late last week. Two committees are listed on the support side as taking part in funding activities, while two other committees are listed on the opposition side.
No on J – San Benito United for Energy Independence had raised $1,741,289 and had spent $1,338,486 from January through September. That is the local affiliate of the larger group – Californians for Energy Independence, Including Energy Producers – which also reported independent expenditures of $129,905.
On the supporting side, Coalition to Protect San Benito had raised $55,964 in cash and another $19,275 in non-monetary contributions along with an additional late contribution reported of $2,000, while the group had spent $38,870. San Benito Rising, an earlier version of the group, had raised $45,297 and had spent $32,428 through September, according to the campaign finance reports.
As for donations, the San Benito United for Energy Independence group has one donor, $1,741,239 from the Californians for Energy Independence committee funded by big oil companies such as Chevron Corp. and Aera Energy.
The Yes on Measure J side has dozens of donors – with Sally Calhoun contributing the largest amount, $6,000 – outside of transferring funds from the San Benito Rising account. The Sierra Club’s Loma Prieta Chapter had donated $2,000 through September, according to a late contribution report.

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