He contributed $325,000 during the past two weeks, and remains the sole contributor, giving almost half a million dollars total in support of Measure T. The developer stands to make millions annually if the hotel-office complex becomes a reality.
The donated money has not sat idle. $14,864 has been spent targeting the one City Council candidate who opposes the plan: Chuck Bernstein, who the developer accused of trying to "sabotage" Menlo Gateway in a series of attack ads. That amount is nearly as much as Mr. Bernstein's entire campaign fund.
The rest of the $280,027 in expenses went toward public relations, office expenses, surveys, design consultants, and friendlier mailers touting the virtues of Menlo Gateway.
The opposition, "Measured Growth for Menlo Park" (also known as "No on Measure T"), has more donors, but fewer dollars.
The group collected $9,400 to spend fighting the developer, with $5,350 in new donations reported on Oct. 21. Repeat donor Morris Brown contributed another $2,500, and Councilman Andy Cohen, $250, as did David Speer, Robert Ekedahl, and Susan Ringler.
"No on Measure T" leader Patti Fry donated $100; so did Menlo Park Downtown Alliance founder Nancy Couperus. Attorney Michael Brady and Transportation Commissioner Charlie Bourne made the largest donations, adding $500 each.
Campaign literature and yard signs have cost the coalition a total of $7,361 so far, with one week left before the Nov. 2 election.