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Proponents spend big in KC stadiums vote

March 29, 2006

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— Backers of a Jackson County election to fund millions of dollars in stadium improvements at the Truman Sports Complex might have a tough fight at the polls.

But they have come out ahead in one area: campaign spending.

Supporters of next Tuesday's ballot measures - one for stadium improvements and one for a rolling roof that would land Kansas City the 2015 Super Bowl - have raised $1.55 million and spent $1.3 million in advance of the April 4 election.

Opponents have spent all of $501, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

That's a 2,613-to-1 spending advantage for the Save Our Stadiums campaign, which dominates the television airwaves with pleas to "save our teams." But opponents say the Internet, where they have concentrated their efforts, has leveled the field.

The NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and baseball's Kansas City Royals have been the biggest donors to the pro-stadium campaigns, with the Royals giving $600,000 and the Chiefs $800,000.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

Of course it's corruption. The voters will go to the polls having heard little more than propaganda and misinformation bought and paid for almost exclusively by the prime beneficiaries. For less than a $million apiece, the two teams stand to gain hundreds of millions in public money, and the return to the taxpayers will be bread and circuses, minus the bread.

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bankboy119 8 years ago

It's not corruption but it is ridiculous. If either team was any good I would think about supporting them. Instead I am too busy paying taxes to support illegals.

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billyflay 8 years ago

and the proponents have the balls to file against the folk who have raised $501?

what a bunch of duds,

they must be afraid of losing?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

Sounds pretty typical of campaign contributions in this country. Those who have the most to gain from public spending are the biggest contributors. This is pure corruption.

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