More than $70,000 in contributions from public safety unions have poured into the "No on Measure D" campaign in the past month, making it by far the highest-spending campaign on this fall's Palo Alto ballot.
The figure comes from campaign committee statements required by the California Fair Political Practices Commission, disclosing campaign finances from Sept. 25 to Oct. 22.
Voters will decide Nov. 8 on Measure D, which calls for elimination of the current requirement that public safety employee disputes be resolved through binding arbitration.
Measure D supporters say repealing the mandate on binding arbitration will give the city more control over its finances. Opponents say binding arbitration is rarely used and provides an equitable way to settle disputes.
All the contributions reported by the "No on D" campaign came from the Palo Alto Professional Firefighters and the Palo Alto Peace Officers Association, the collective bargaining units for the firefighters and police officers.
The firefighters contributed $61,413 and the police $9,875 during the reporting period, for a total of $71,288, according to the campaign disclosure form.
In the same period, Sept. 25 to Oct. 22, the "Yes on D" campaign reported it raised $10,514 from 38 Palo Alto residents and one Los Altos resident.
The largest contributors to the "Yes on D" campaign were real estate developer Chop Keenan at $2,500; entrepreneur Asher Waldfogel at $1,000 and retired developer William Reller, Edie and Bob Kirkwood and Stephen Smith of Palo Alto and Peter Detkin of Los Altos at $500 each.
Also contributing to the "Yes on D" campaign were Palo Alto residents John Melton, Jeff Justice, Karen and Steve Ross, Robert Saldich, David Kennedy, Kevin Coleman, John Dawson, Bruce Heister, Ed Arnold, Tony Glaves, Grace Mah, Vicky Ching, Mitzi Henderson, Claude Ezran, Ralph Britton, HuiQing Wang, Mark Nadim, Bern Beecham, Ellen and Tom Wyman, Dick Rosenbaum, Lanie Wheeler, Timothy Tomlinson, David Noice, Robert Harrington, Terrance Counihan, Rebecca Counihan, Andrew Verhalen, David Van der Wilt, Douglas Spreng, Carolyn Tucher, Robert McIntyre, Joel Spolin and June and Clarke Schiller.
As of Oct. 22, the "Yes on D" campaign reported $7,483 in cash on hand and the "No on D" campaign reported $20,501.
Union spending in the "No on D" campaign dwarfed fundraising in Measure E, the other measure on Palo Alto's Nov. 8 ballot.
In that campaign, concerning the undedication of baylands parkland for the building of a compost facility, supporters reported raising $24,718 year-to-date and opponents $16,391.