.Oakland Zoo Campaign Spending Tops $800,000

New public reports reveal that the private nonprofit that runs the Oakland Zoo has cut checks for more than $800,000 to its campaign in support of Measure A1, making it one of the expensive political campaigns in the East Bay this year. The reports show that the East Bay Zoological Society cut two checks in recent weeks for $200,000 and $225,000, which were in addition to the $375,000 that the nonprofit already spent on the campaign. In addition, the reports indicate that the Zoological Society is still operating its campaign headquarters at the zoo, which violates local and state laws because the property is owned by the citizens of Oakland and it’s illegal to run political campaigns on public land.


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