Category Archives: Dark Money

Dark Money in Santa Clara City Council Election

49ers Attempt to Influence Santa Clara Elections May Have Violated Dark Money Ordinance

By Robert Haugh from Santa Clara News The City warned residents in January about “dark money” efforts in Santa Clara for the 2020 elections. That’s an expenditure that tries to influence Mission City voters but the funder tries to do it anonymously. That’s a big no-no. Now, it looks like that January warning may have […]

Stop the 49ers’ Dark Money Campaign Spending in Santa Clara Elections

This month, the City of Santa Clara uncovered a possible “dark money” scheme by the San Francisco 49ers.  The team is spending over $300,000 to buy a Santa Clara city election — and they tried to do it anonymously. They hid the money until the City Clerk caught them.  They’re opposing Measure C because they […]

From Political Dark Money to Judicial Dark Money

Yesterday, a law firm with connections to the 49ers filed a frivolous lawsuit against Mayor Lisa Gillmor about how she files her economic interest forms. Months ago, the firm was told by the District Attorney that there was no merit to their complaint.  Here’s what Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen wrote:   “The Public […]