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Revitalize Alameda Point – More On SunCal Expenditures For First Half of 2009

Readers who followed our reporting on SunCal in New Mexico will not be surprised by the $500,000 in six months that SunCal spent on their campaign. Yesterday we spoke with the Alameda City Clerk Lara Weisiger to get some clarification on the two sets of campaign expenditure filing statements that SunCal is making in Alameda.

Cal Land Venture LLC, the SunCal/DE Shaw partnership, filed a “Major Donor” form number 461 with the City Clerk. The bulk of their $563,871.11 went to the Revitalize Alameda Point Committee as “non-monetary expenditures.” On the Revitalize Alameda Point Committee filing, these non-monetary expenditures are reported by type, but the payee is not identified. So even though we presume Singer Associates is the payee for “Public Relations” expenditures, and Larry Tramutola’s firm is the payee for “Consulting Fee” expenditures, those firms are not named anywhere in SunCal’s filings. Lara Weisiger said that is as it should be – the “Major Donor” form does not require the payee to be identified – in fact, the Cal Land Venture LLC filing does not include any schedule of expenditures, which is where they would list who was paid what.

Fortunately, we already have a pretty good idea of the players in this campaign. Here is a summary of the non-monetary expenditures – money spent by SunCal/DE Shaw without a payee named – from the filings:

$33,095.22 – Public Relations – Presumably Singer Associates, of San Francisco

$32,840 – Legal – To be determined

$75,011.60 – Consulting – Presumably Larry Tramutola’s firm

$28,135 – Media, Media Consulting, Illustrations – tbd

1 comment to Revitalize Alameda Point – More On SunCal Expenditures For First Half of 2009

  • Detailer

    I would file copies of the forms, with a complaint letter to the FPPC, for the simple reason is that the Political Reform Act is designed to actually show who is spending money on what. This circular “hide the ball” game should be ruled by the FPPC as wrong, because developers in other cities don’t get away with this kind of crap.

    Also, I’m sure we’re all dying to know who the “lawyer” or “law firm” is, and whether they were the ones who drafted the obnoxiously presumptuous ballot measure, of if the money was just to “run” the ballot measure campaign.

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