Thanks to developer David Bohannon, financial support has skyrocketed for Measure T, the ballot proposal that would allow him to build a nearly million-square-foot office-hotel complex near Bayfront Expressway and Marsh Road in Menlo Park.
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 one City Council candidate -- 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.
No on Measure T
The opposition, "Measured Growth for Menlo Park" (also known as "No on Measure T"), has more donors, but fewer dollars.
It's 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 -- $500 each.
Campaign literature and yard signs have cost the coalition a total of $7,361 so far, with 11 days to go before the Nov. 2 election.