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"...Circuit of the Americas, which had been one of the largest financial backers of IndyAustin, has withdrawn “all financial support” from the political action committee after Pepe the Frog found his way into an IndyAustin video attacking Mayor Steve Adler over the effort to bring Major League Soccer to town...."
"...Widely disgraced by their use of an anti-Semitic meme (Pepe the Frog) to attack Mayor Adler's alleged "shell game" on the McKalla Place soccer agreement, the IndyAustin PAC has also issued a screed denouncing not only Adler's alleged real estate "empire," but adding an attack on his wife Diane Land's employment at commercial property management company DT Land Group. Presenting an extremely tendentious reading of the mayor's financial disclosure statements, they claim the couple has "financial interests tied to at least 71 properties in Travis, Williamson and Hays Counties..."
"...The group that put the anti-CodeNEXT Proposition J on the November ballot has a new target: the unsigned deal between Precourt Sports Ventures and the city to bring the Columbus Crew SC to Austin, where the team would become the Austin FC. The political action committee IndyAustin has officially kicked off its petition drive to give voters a say on the deal approved by Council in August, along with any future "sale, lease, conveyance, mortgage, or alienation of city-owned land" for the use of a sports or entertainment stadium..."
"...You Don’t Miss Your Money: IndyAustin will no longer pay petitioners to gather signatures in their effort to put the city’s recent deal with Major League Soccer and Precourt Sports Ventures, and any such deals in the future, on an upcoming ballot. It seems the well has run dry for Linda Curtis and Co..."
"...S.A.L.E.s Pitch: IndyAustin came out swinging this week against Mayor "Steve Adler's Land Empire (S.A.L.E.)." The press/web/digital blitz is anchored by a deep-ish dive, complete with map, into Adler's real estate holdings and the clients of the property-management firm owned by his spouse Diane Land. IndyAustin leader Linda Curtis fears "the real estate industry's flood of influence on City Hall," but it's been well-known since his 2014 run that the mayor is a) rich, b) involved in the industry, and c) married to a woman who is also..."
"...Second, opponents at City Hall, led by CM Leslie Pool (whose district includes McKalla Place), attacked the deal on multiple fronts, forcing it away from other city-owned sites before eventually being defeated on the dais. And third, a fairly bumbling and unexpectedly bigoted Astroturf campaign to throw the whole thing to voters – ostensibly a populist effort by IndyAustin, but mostly funded by PSV's rival sports entrepreneurs at Circuit of the Americas – stalled out by year's end. – Austin Sanders OCT..."
"...The mayor, unfortunately, did not have to wait long to fulfill his pledge. Adler's office sent out a press release on Monday afternoon calling out IndyAustin for an attack ad that included an image of Pepe the Frog (see "COTA Withdraws Support From IndyAustin" and "Pepe's the Least of It")..."
"...12). Now the petition wars are about to get serious: A newly formed political action committee, "IndyAustin," is circulating three referendum petitions calling not just for council action, but for Austin elections..."
"...Whoever they are, the Friends of McKalla Place have picked up the pieces of the anti-soccer petition drive begun by IndyAustin, before their campaign ended in anti-Semitic embarrassment. Following that debacle, the effort was backed by a new group called Fair Play Austin, founded by Circuit of the Americas Chairman Bobby Epstein..."
"...Local serial funder/founder guy Dan Graham (founder of BuildASign.com and Notley, "a catalyst for social innovation") has created a GoFundMe campaign for Austin's Defense Against the Dark Arts Fund. In Graham's charmingly dorky venture into the Potterverse, You-Know-Who is the indefatigable attorney/activist Fred Lewis, whose baleful acts include Props J and K, his dalliance with IndyAustin and Pepe the Frog, his lawsuit against the Planning Commission, and his specific complaint against Planning Commissioner and No on Prop J Treasurer Angela De Hoyos Hart, who we guess is Hermione Granger here..."
"...And then there’s this Megaphone business. This actually starts as IndyAustin business; the intrepid petition-meisters had a bad week, with their Pepe the Frog gaffe alienating major donor Bobby Epstein and Circuit of the Americas..."
"...• And once again, IndyAustin is raising questions with its finances; its biggest donor (and in fact the largest so far to anyone this cycle) is a shady student-loan servicer from the Bay Area, with no visible connection to Austin or to any of IndyAustin's big issues. We'll keep looking...."
"...9 meeting that would call for an up-or-down vote on taking the entire deal out of the hands of City Council and putting it before voters as a ballot measure. If that effort fails on the dais, the seasoned petitioners at IndyAustin are prepared to make the stadium deal their new cause..."
"..."Grow the legend" with shirts, hoodies, and hats available in a variety of styles and sizes on the team's newly opened Fanatics shop. Bonus: Wear your gear around town to annoy everyone who supported IndyAustin's snakebit effort to derail the McKalla Place stadium deal..."
"...• A much more straightforward draft ordinance spelling out a "First Amendment policy" regarding expressive activity (petitioning!) outside Austin Public Library locations or the Palmer Events Center, a dustup spawned back in March when IndyAustin wranglers got criminal trespass warnings while gathering signatures for the recently failed Proposition J...."
"...Vote On CodeNEXT? IndyAustin, the political action committee staunchly against the ongoing rewrite of the city's land use code, said Monday that it has accumulated enough signatures to force an election on the proposed language, and plans to submit their petition to the city clerk before the end of March...."
"...Frozen Ink: There will be no CodeNEXT election in May. IndyAustin organizer Linda Curtis told The Austin Bulldog last week that the effort to obtain enough signatures to force a referendum on the rewrite's language has stalled, leaving the possibility open for a revival come November..."
"...That would be the likely effect of an anti-CodeNEXT petition currently being circulated by IndyAustin, Community Not Commodity, and other groups, with a goal of acquiring the 20,000 signatures of registered voters sufficient to force a May election. (According to a report in the Austin Bulldog, organizers say they're on track to meet their goal.)..."