CITIZENS   FOR  LIMITED  TAXATION
and the
Citizens Economic Research Foundation

NEWS RELEASE
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Opposition to Question 1 hits record $5M mark



For Immediate Release

A concerted fund-raising effort by self-interested opponents has reached an historic mark: Raising and spending over five million dollars against a citizens' grassroots ballot question.

The "No on Question 1" ballot committee has taken in $4,500,748.22 in direct contributions and $519,838.69 from in-kind contributions, primarily from labor and public employee unions -- over five million dollars.

According to the latest reports filed with the state Office of Campaign & Political Finance, the "No on Question 1" ballot committee -- the Coalition for Our Communities -- raised $2,409,263.22 in direct contributions and an additional $76,401.17 through in-kind contributions between October 2 - 15.

See: http://www.efs.cpf.state.ma.us/BallotQuestionReports.aspx

$1,500,000 was received from the Massachusetts Teachers Association; another $750,000 was received from the National Education Association of Washington, DC, and; $70,000 was received from the American Federation of Teachers-MA.

This brings total contributions since the beginning of the year, direct and in-kind, to $3,733,876.50 from the teachers unions alone.

By comparison, the Committee for Small Government -- the "Yes on Question 1" grassroots ballot committee -- has raised a total of $228,090.68 in direct contributions and $1,900 from one in-kind contribution; a total of $229,990.68 since the beginning of the year.

Obviously the teachers unions -- in and out-of-state -- are the backbone of the "No on Question 1" effort.

We hope when voters are channel surfing and can't avoid millions of dollars of TV ads, when they empty their mailboxes of "No on Question 1" junk mail, and when they can't find a radio station or newspaper without "No on Question 1" advertising, that they appreciate the nature of a David vs. Goliath grassroots fight with little David being overwhelmed -- but winning the contest in the end because his cause was just.

 


-- DETAILS --

2008 60th Day Preceding Election Report (BQ)
Coalition for Our Communities
1/1/2008 through 8/31/2008
Filed on 9/5/2008

4/25/2008 AFT-MA
38 Chauncey Street, #402 Boston, MA 02111 Mark Allred -- $30,000.00

8/7/2008 American Federation of Teachers Solidarity Fund
555 New Jersey Ave., Nw Washington, DC 20001 Antonia Cortese -- $250,000.00

6/5/2008 Boston Teachers Union Committee on Political Education
180 Mount Vernon Street Boston, MA 02108 Tom Gosnell -- $150,000.00

7/29/2008 National Education Association
1201 16th Street Nw Washington, DC 20009 Michael McPherson -- $750,000.00

TOTAL:  $1,180,000

IN-KIND --

8/31/2008 AFT-MA
38 Chauncey Street, #402 Boston, MA 02111 Mark Allred Staff Time -- $5,759.00

8/31/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Overhead -- $339.00

8/31/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Phones -- $246.04

8/31/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Consulting Fees -- $45,000.00

8/31/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Consulting Fees -- $1,778.34

8/31/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Food -- $3,839.00

8/31/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Staff Time -- $94,391.35

8/31/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Conf. Calls -- $766.42

TOTAL:  $152,119.15
 


2008 Sept 20th Report (BQ)
Coalition for Our Communities
9/1/2008 through 9/15/2008
Filed on 9/22/2008

IN-KIND --

9/15/2008 AFT-MA
38 Chauncey Street, #402 Boston, MA 02111 Mark Allred Staff Time -- $677.00

9/15/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Overhead -- $42.00

9/15/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Staff time -- $25,073.19

9/15/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Conf. Calls -- $411.57

9/15/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Food -- $452.21

9/8/2008 Springfield Teachers Association
1000 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01109 Susan Fielding Overhead -- $50.00

TOTAL:  $26,705.97
 


2008 Oct 5th Report (BQ)
Coalition for Our Communities
9/16/2008 through 10/1/2008
Filed on 10/6/2008

IN-KIND --

10/1/2008 AFT-MA
38 Chauncey Street, #402 Boston, MA 02111 Mark Allred Staff Time -- $749.00

10/1/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Staff Time, Overhead, Phones -- $33,821.90

9/17/2008 Springfield Teachers Association
1000 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01109 Susan Fielding Meeting Space -- $50.00

TOTAL:  $34,620.90
 


2008 Oct 20th Report (BQ)
Coalition for Our Communities
10/2/2008 through 10/15/2008
Filed on 10/20/2008

10/15/2008 AFT-MA
38 Chauncey Street, #402 Boston, MA 02111 Mark Allred -- $70,000.00

10/10/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer -- $1,500,000.00

10/9/2008 National Education Association
1201 16th Street Nw Washington, DC 20009 Michael McPherson -- $750,000.00

TOTAL:  $2,320,000

IN-KIND --

10/15/2008 Mass. Teachers Association
20 Ashburton Place Boston, MA 02108 David Borer Staff Time, Overhead, Food, Phones -- $20,330.48

10/2/2008 Springfield Teachers Association
1000 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01109 Susan Fielding Meeting Space -- $50.00

10/14/2008 Springfield Teachers Association
1000 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01109 Susan Fielding Meeting Space -- $50.00

TOTAL:  $20,430.48

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