Prop A campaign spends nearly $1 million

The campaign for Proposition A, a half-cent sales-tax increase for mass transit, was a $1 million effort, according to recently released campaign finance reports.

Advance St. Louis, the committee that advocated Prop A’s passage, brought in a total of $1,030,391.85 in contributions throughout its campaign, according to reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission 30 days after the April 6 election.

The group, led by Chesterfield Mayor John Nations, also spent a total of $934,756.08, according to the report.

Roughly 63 percent of county voters on April 6 approved Prop A, which is expected to generate at least $75 million a year.

The money will be appropriated annually from the county to the Metro transit agency, which contends the new permanent revenue source will help restore, enhance and expand light-rail, bus and paratransit van service throughout the region.

A similar county ballot measure, Proposition M, failed at the polls in November 2008.

In that campaign, Citizens for Better Transportation raised a total of $674,294.50 and spent a total of $682,051.34, according to its disclosure report filed 30 days after the November 2008 election.