The Oakland Raiders along with their unlikely partners, the San Diego Chargers, have invested somewhere in the neighborhood of $900,000 in a ballot initiative to quickly push through a new NFL mega-structure stadium on approximately 168 acres in Carson California that has been gaining momentum as time goes on. This information was based on campaign finance reports filed as recently as August 3rd.
The effort to accelerate the approval process cuts the normal span of time for such a initiative in half if successful. More specifically another NFL stadium proposal that is targeting a site in Inglewood California and driven by Stan Kroenke, owner of the St. Louis Rams, took twice as long if we are comparing apples to apples.
Just this past April, the Carson City Council universally granted a measure that let the $1.7-billion plan sidestep a drawn-out and costly environmental evaluations process.
The Oakland Raiders are reported to have added $ 424,000, in which $14,000 was “merchandise”, to the joint campaign along with the San Diego Chargers who reportedly added an additional $466,000 with $50,000 of the total being in the form of consulting services. The joint effort is known as Carson2gether.
In the period covered by the report statement, which was April through June of this year, the organizations spent approximately $356,000. A portion of those funds, $148,000 to be more exact, mostly went to pay a Sacramento law firm that focuses these types of ballot initiatives. Another $90,000 was paid to a firm in the state of Maine that concentrates their expertise on “digital campaigns”. The sum of $36,000 was also spent on a professional communications specialist.
In the spirit of the fast track effort Carson2gether required only 8 days to assemble a list in excess of 14,000 signatures that backed the ballot initiative. With such overwhelming support the Carson’s City Council elected to bypass a public vote and approve the ballot measure.
Both the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers have also made the decision to compensate Carson’s for any additional costs connected to the project. As the story continues to unfold one thing is becoming quite clear…there is going to be an NFL team back in the Los Angeles market in the near future.
Scott Davis writes several blogs and websites on Oakland Raiders football and the NFL