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Love it or hate it, Measure S has been one pricey battle

Since the beginning of 2016, nearly $11M has been spent on campaigns for and against
March 02, 2017 03:31PM

Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the nonprofit bankrolling Measure S (Credit: Shutterstock, Getty)

More than $7 million has been spent on campaigns for and against Measure S — and that’s in 2017 alone.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has funneled nearly $3 million into the Yes campaign so far this year, Curbed reported, while the No campaign spent a whopping $4.5 million.

The nonprofit AHF is the primary bankroller behind the controversial ballot initiative. The No camp boasts a wider assortment of backers, ranging from labor unions and trade associations to powerful developers like Westfield and Crescent Heights.

In 2016, the Yes camp received $1.95 million through its lobbying organization, the Coalition to Preserve L.A. In the same year, the No side, through the Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods and Jobs, obtained more than $1.5 million.

Altogether since the beginning of 2016, nearly $11 million has been spent for and against the Measure.

A considerable number of politicians have also come out against the ballot initiative, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Controller Ron Galperin, and California Governor Jerry Brown. [Curbed]Cathaleen Chen