By Robert Haugh
The San Francisco 49ers-backed Santa Clara Now has returned.
The 49er-funded group has already spent several thousand dollars on a Meta ad campaign pushing Councilmembers Suds Jain and Kevin Park, while attacking Mayor Lisa Gillmor.
This is not the first time Santa Clara Now has meddled in Santa Clara politics via Facebook. In the last election in 2022, the group was blocked by Facebook for sponsoring political ads.
In 2022, they spent an estimated $100,000 on Facebook ads.
Santa Clara Now is doing what Jain, Park and Anthony Becker are accusing the grassroots group Stand Up For Santa Clara (SU4SC) of doing. The trio have filed City, State and FPPC complaints against SU4SC for allegedly sponsoring political ads, and not reporting $6,000 in political spending.
Interestingly, Santa Clara Now has not started any ads supporting Indicted Councilmember Becker, who will be up for re-election in November 2024, just like Jain and Park.
So either the 49ers expect Becker to not run, or they expect him to be serving time in prison.
It was former 49ers executive Rahul Chandhok who threw Becker under the bus, admitting under oath to the Grand Jury that Becker sent him the confidential “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” Grand Jury report via the messaging app, Signal.
Becker then allegedly perjured himself and now faces up to four years in prison if found guilty.
The organization claims to be a nonprofit, but it didn’t really exist, according to the Chronicle.