Supporters of a proposed Jackson County sales tax for medical research have dramatically outraised and outspent opponents of the tax, new campaign disclosures show.
By DAVE HELLING
The Kansas City Star
The Committee for Research Treatments and Cures raised $1,009,705 through the end of September, according to a campaign report filed Tuesday with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
It spent $694,750 during the period, primarily for advertising, political consultants and a $50,000 donation to another committee.
The figures do not include an additional $434,000 raised in October.
The tax proposal, on the Nov. 5 ballot, would impose a half-cent tax on Jackson County sales to fund translational medical research in the county. It would raise an estimated $800 million over the 20-year life of the tax.
The main opposition group, Citizens for Responsible Research, reported raising $113,506. Almost all of the money came in donations, loans and in-kind support from Springfield lawyer Brad Bradshaw.
Bradshaw gave $55,000 more to the committee in mid October, a donation not included in the report.
The committee had spent $97,424 by the end of September, mostly on TV ads and billboards.
A separate anti-tax group, the Committee to Stop a Bad Cure, raised $4,296. Almost all of it came from Jim Fitzpatrick, a teacher and former reporter for The Star.
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