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Campaign for Prop. 19 launches first TV ad

By Josh Richman
Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 12:48 pm in 2010 election, ballot measures, campaign finance, marijuana.

The campaign supporting Proposition 19, the ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use, launched its first television ad today, featuring Hoover Institution research fellow and former San Jose police chief Joseph McNamara making a case for ending the current prohibition laws:

“The buy is several hundred thousand dollars and we’re starting off in the L.A. market for now,” Yes on 19 spokesman Tom Angell said today; the campaign’s website is soliciting donations to keep the ad on the air through Election Day.

Meanwhile, neither the campaign for the measure nor the one against it has been rolling in dough: Reports filed Thursday showed Yes on 19 had $225,690.17 in the bank as of Oct. 16, while No on 19 had $47,242.12.

It looks as if Yes on 19 has raised about $160,000 since Oct. 16, most notably including $70,000 from Clarium Capital President Peter Thiel of San Francisco; $50,000 from George Zimmer, CEO of Fremont-based Men’s Wearhouse; and $10,000 from the United Food and Commercial Workers Issue Education Fund.

And No on 19 has raised about $93,000 since the Oct. 16 report, of which $50,000 came Saturday from Julie F. Schauer of Vienna, Va., who identifies herself as a teacher at Northern Virginia Community College. Schauer has been a relatively prolific donor on both sides of the political aisle; I’ve tried to get in touch with her to see what motivated her to make so generous a donation to No on 19 from all the way back there in Virginia, but I haven’t heard back from her yet.

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