About 30 people have donated, many of them retirees, people who work in the financial sector, and local political players. The group is gathering signatures to put a voter initiative on the November 2010 ballot that would reduce pension payments to future non-police municipal employees.
According to a campaign finance statement filed April 20, the group had received about $6,500 in monetary and other contributions, including a $300 loan, as of March 31. It had spent about $2,400 for fees, costs, and legal advice related to launching the initiative drive.
Roughly two-thirds of the donations were for $100 or less, but there were several larger donations. The Tolles Family Trust gave $1,000. Roy Thiele-Sardina, a venture capitalist and one of the leaders of the effort, gave $500.
Lisa Whorton, also a venture capitalist, and John Berthold, a retiree, also gave $500.
Lee Duboc and Mickie Winkler, former City Council members who helped to organize the initiative, have each spent about $400 on supplies to help people gather signatures, according to the filing.