Some Promised Hard Rock Donations Yet to Arrive in West Springfield
Hard Rock has greatly outspent opponents of its West Springfield casino proposal ahead of Tuesday's referendum. That's according to recently filed campaign finance reports.
Opponents list expenses and debts at less than $2,000. Hard Rock itself reports spending a little under $800,000, on things like advertising, office supplies, lawyers.
Separate from that, people with a stake in Hard Rock's project pledged $125,000 this summer to the West Springfield Public Library, and listed donations totaling that amount on election disclosure forms.
The director of the library's donation fund, Matt Blumenfeld, says $50,000 of that has arrived. Not yet in hand: $25,000 from Hard Rock's construction partner, Suffolk Construction, or $50,000 promised by James F. Allen, the president of Hard Rock International.
Blumenfeld says he is 100 percent confident the gifts will come in, regardless of whether a West Springfield casino gets approved.
A spokesperson for Hard Rock, Jill Chandler, said in an email on Monday, "We are not sure when the pledges will be fulfilled."