Money continues flowing over Proposition 48, a referendum to stop the compact that approved the 305-acre North Fork Mono Rancheria casino and resort north of Madera, according to state financial disclosure forms.
An additional $1.1 million was raised by the forces against the casino, which opponents decry as "off-reservation." The proposed casino would be built about 36 miles from the North Fork rancheria, which was not suitable for a casino, state and federal officials said.
Table Mountain Rancheria, which runs the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, donated $500,000 last week along with Brigade Capital Management, the company that is financing Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino. In addition, the United Auburn Community, a gaming tribe north of Sacramento, donated $100,000 to the committee against North Fork.
The company that is partnering with the North Fork Mono Indians to build the project, Station Casinos, donated $50,000 to the campaign favoring the project.
A "Yes" vote on Election Day supports the compact that will allow the casino to be built. A "no" vote opposes the compact.
The process to ratify the compact, approved by Gov. Jerry Brown, the state Legislature and the federal government, took more than 10 years.
In late August, Table Mountain Rancheria donated $1 million and Brigade Capital Management put another $500,000 behind Prop. 48's opposition, state records show. In late July and early August, each group put $500,000 into opposing the compact.
The committee backing the North Fork compact received $325,000 in July from Station Casinos. The Democratic State Central Committee donated about $3,650 to ensure the compact remains intact.