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MAPS 3 campaign cost more than $2 million


Scott Cooper January 20th, 2010

More than $2 million was spent persuading voters to approve the MAPS 3 initiative, according to campaign reports. The latest reports filed with the Oklahoma City Clerk's office show the Yes for MAPS c...

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More than $2 million was spent persuading voters to approve the MAPS 3 initiative, according to campaign reports.

The latest reports filed with the Oklahoma City Clerk's office show the Yes for MAPS campaign raised more than $2.025 million in contributions, with another pro-MAPS 3 group, Modern Transit Project, raising an additional $13,756. The majority of the contributions came from corporate donors like Chesapeake Energy and the Chickasaw Nation.

A late report from the Not This MAPS campaign shows the group raised and spent nearly $140,000 to try and defeat the Dec. 3 measure. The group received nearly all of its funds from the Oklahoma City Firefighers union and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Advertising was the biggest benefactor of the funds in favor of the measure, with more than $1.6 million spent for radio, television, billboard and other advertising expenses.

Among the big corporate donors were:

" Chesapeake ($109,332);
" Forward Oklahoma City III, a Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce program, ($759,850); and
" the Oklahoma State Fair ($100,000).

The State Fairgrounds received $60 million from MAPS 3 for venue improvements. Cox Communications and The Oklahoma Publishing Company traded out more than $145,000 each for MAPS 3 advertising.

Oklahoma City voters approved the $777 million proposal on Dec. 3.

Read the full reports here:
Yes for Maps Coalition campaign contributions and expenditures report
Modern Transit campaign contributions and expenditures report
Not This MAPS Coalition campaign contributions and expenditures report
 
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