The campaign seeking a public vote on the city's arena subsidy said this morning it has collected more than half the signatures it needs for the proposed June ballot measure.
Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP) also said it will continue in its effort using only volunteers as it pushes to collected 22,000 valid signatures from city voters by mid-December. STOP also sought to separate itself from the paid signature effort that has come under scrutiny amid an inquiry into who was funding that side of the campaign, describing itself in a press release as "a fiercely independent, grass-roots organization."
Still, the signatures that STOP is counting toward its goal include those collected by paid signature gatherers, said John Hyde, a spokesman for the group. Those signatures were funded through an $80,000 payment to a political consultant by Loeb & Loeb, the law firm that represented the Maloofs when the family struck a deal to sell the Sacramento Kings to a group in Seattle.
The Maloofs have denied any involvement in the funding. The Fair Political Practices Commission is trying to determine the source of the money, which has not been reported on state financial disclosure forms.
STOP leaders have not paused their effort.
"We are entering the final push to get us over the top" Julian Camacho, president of STOP, said in the press release. "We continue to collect signatures, and our message - let the people vote - has been well received by the citizens of Sacramento."