New evidence has come to light suggesting that the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) may have used taxpayer funding to "buy off" supporters of the BART bond, according to the No on RR Campaign at www.noonrr.info.
Of particular concern as well is the group of "Yes on RR" ballot-argument signatories whose organizations have themselves received significant BART dollars -- along with several other groups which have publicly endorsed RR. Dollar information was provided in a BART response to a California Public Records Act request.
Pro-RR organizations which have received BART dollars in the last 24 months -- and whose leaders have signed ballot arguments supporting Measure RR:
Bay Area Council [$28,800]
San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) [$20,530]
Bike East Bay [$64,502.46]
BART-money recipient groups which are public endorsers of Measure RR:
League of Women Voters [$5,000]. The League has apparently also received $3500 from the campaign committee, for "Placement in Voter Information Book."
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce [$20,840]
East Bay Leadership Council [$2,270]
This should come as no surprise to those who have followed BART over the years. One might be hard pressed to find strong supporters of their poor track record of failed leadership, exorbitant labor contracts, and broken promises to riders.
It's unfortunate that apparently the only organized groups behind the BART Bond, also have received significant funding from BART, which begs the question if it is ethical for BART to use money from taxpayers and riders to support their propaganda machine.
Everyone already knows the unions were bought off in the Spring with another 11% raise, and $1,000 bonus for every worker, "no strings attached", while pay and benefit costs continue to grow at more than double BART's projected operating revenues.
Here is the actual documentation below, which was obtained directly from BART in response to a public information request by a volunteer citizen watchdog