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REPORT HAS BEAVER'S GROUP DONATING $200,000 TO CAMPAIGN
Published June 16, 1998
Final spending reports for the NC MLB ballpark referendum last month in the Triad area showed that ballpark proponents spent $899,000 on the campaign, "while the opponents -- and victors -- raised $33,000," according to Robert Lamme of the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD. Ballpark supporters spent about $16.26 for each vote cast in support of the tax, while opponents of the tax spent "approximately" $.34 cents per vote. The ballpark initiative failed by a "nearly" 2-to-1 margin on May 5. The ballpark supporters, Vote Yes For MLB, received two contributions of $50,000 from NC Major League Baseball (NC MLB) in the last few days before the election. NC MLB is led by NC business exec Don Beaver, who heads an ownership group looking to bring an MLB team to the state. NC MLB contributed "at least" $200,000 during the campaign. Vote Yes For MLB received 99% of its contributions from corporations (NEWS & RECORD, 6/16).