Mayor Tom Tait earlier this year hoped for a happy ending to the Disney film called Anaheim after resort executives turned back public subsidies saying they favored a cleaner public dialogue. Yet recent campaign finance documents show PACS tied to resort and hotel interests are back playing a nasty brand of political hardball in the race to elect Anaheim’s next mayor.
The Disneyland Resort pumped another $600,000 Wednesday toward influencing the Anaheim City Council election, surpassing its previous spending record with more than $1.5 million spent so far this year.
The Disneyland Resort has spent almost $1 million to influence Anaheim city council campaigns and oppose a minimum wage initiative with three weeks to go before the Nov. 6 election, more than it spent at this point ahead of the 2016 election.
With a week to go until the election, The Walt Disney Company’s spending on Anaheim City Council races has blown past the record it set in 2014 and is approaching the $1-million mark, according to the most recent campaign finance filings.
Anaheim City Council members Kris Murray and Jordan Brandman were the first to announce their support for a deal protecting Disneyland from a ticket tax. They’ve also benefitted the most from the mega-resort’s campaign spending.