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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As Election Day inches closer, the ballpark campaign is heating up. But who’s behind the funding for the race?

According to financial reports, funding for the “Vote Yes” campaign was mainly donated by groups who would directly benefit from a ballpark in the Port City.

The Wilmington Family Entertainment and Baseball Coalition has raised nearly $113,000. Mandalay Baseball Properties and the Atlanta Braves pitched in $12,500. The two companies that own land for proposed sites contributed a combined $37,000. Only two individuals donated to the cause, including campaign spokesman Terry Spencer.

“Vote No Stadium Tax” raised $38,000. While there were 11 individual donors, most of the money, $32,000, came from the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

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7 Comments on "Outside money funds Wilmington ballpark battle"

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s interesting that the folks who stand to make a killing on this forked over the most money. Still, it’s pretty chintzy of the billionaires from Mandalay and the Braves to only come up a combined $25k. I guess they don’t want to waste their money on a lost cause. No doubt, they’re already eyeing their next “perfect town” to try to con into building them a ballpark.
I have no issue with AFP buying signs and ad time for Mr. Harry and the No Tax group. How else would someone like him manage to fight the combined resources of Atlanta, Mandalay, whatever Sawmill Point is, and even our own Chamber of Commerce.

Joe T.
2015 years 10 months ago

Knew it! Knew that BIG MONEY was buying the Yes Vote on this stadium issue. Cowards are too greedy to spend their own money to build the stadium, but instead, buy votes to get the property owners, retired folks living on fixed incomes and young families with tight budgets to fork over the money to build this stadium to profit a BIG MONEY Sports Entertainment Mogul and his organization.

2015 years 10 months ago

any city property owner who votes Yes for the referendum is not much different from a chicken which would vote for Colonel Sanders.

2015 years 10 months ago

I did my part…and voted “NO”!

2015 years 10 months ago

Monies well spent and raised,too bad those AFP-JOHN LOCKE people lack vision…

2015 years 10 months ago

just in time to spew forth some more factless statements which will further doom the referendum.

What’s the matter? Ticked off that the City is looking at a different site?

2015 years 10 months ago

This has been the going rage for several years. Cities,and even states being buffaloed into paying for these sports complexes. The owners can afford to pay unbelievable salaries to players, then hold their hands out for money to build these money holes. Is there any guarantees on how long a team would be here? Not!!! Let them put there money where there mouth isn’t.


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