In the weeks leading up to city elections, donations ranging from $1 to $75,000 flowed to Fix SAPD, adding to its campaign war chest to repeal collective bargaining rights for San Antonio’s police union.
The policing reform group behind Proposition B on the May 1 ballot raised about $378,600 between March 23 and April 21, according to its more recent campaign finance report. It spent nearly $272,350 during that time and had more than $280,000 on hand eight days before the May 1 election.
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During the campaign season, Fix SAPD’s campaign fundraising and spending appears to have outpaced that of the main group opposing Prop B, the San Antonio Police Officers Association.
The Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, a nonprofit public charity, continues to be the biggest contributor for Fix SAPD, contributing two $75,000 checks to the campaign during the latest fundraising period. That brings the progressive nonprofit’s total given to Fix SAPD to about $430,000.
Fix SAPD raised and spent more than $100,000 more than it did during the last reporting period. Between Jan. 1 and March 22, Fix SAPD gathered more than $245,000 in contributions and spent about $145,000 on its campaign.
Activists pushing for approval of the measure say the collective bargaining process results in contract provisions that allow cops fired for misconduct to get back on the force. Union leaders say the loss of collective bargaining would mean fewer job protections and effectively result in “defunding” benefits for police, making it harder to attract qualified officers.
If approved, Prop B would repeal Chapter 174 of the Texas Local Government Code, which grants the union its collective bargaining rights. It would not disband the San Antonio Police Officers Association nor remove all paths for it to negotiate a new labor contract.
The latest campaign report that the police union filed with the Texas Ethics Commission is from April 1.
Its political action committee had more than $98,000 on hand. It spent $43,310 between Feb. 26 to March 25 and raised nearly $28,000 during that time period.
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