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ANONYMOUS GROUP OPPOSES RAIDERS MOVE TO OAKLAND
Published July 14, 1995
An anonymous group of "concerned East Bay citizens" threatened yesterday to obstruct the Raiders' return to Oakland with a ballot measure that could "scare off investors and collapse an agreement embraced three days ago by elected officials," according to Stacey Wells of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. Organized under the banner "Taxpayers for a Vote on the Raiders Deal," members "want an independent financial review of taxpayers costs and risks" involved in a plan to sell $225M in bonds to relocate the team. The group has hired S.F.-based p.r. firm Advocacy Communications to run the campaign and has established a toll-free phone number "to recruit members" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/14). Peter Fimrite reports that former Alameda County Supervisor Don Perata, a longtime Raiders advocate, said he will file documents today demanding that the group file papers with the Fair Political Practices Committee which would reveal their identities. Perata: "These guys are hired guns, and they're representing some big money San Francisco interests. We're onto them and we are going to force them out" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 7/14). Perata also asked: "Is it [49ers President] Carmen Policy? This is not the first time that people in San Francisco have treated Oakland like a colony" (Sandy Kleffman, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/14).