Opposition group raises $284,000 last month, far less than Responsible Growth’s $8.5 million November 2, 2022 By Griffin Coop The leading marijuana opposition group raised $284,000 last month, a sum far less than the $8.5 million raised by the sponsor of an amendment seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas, according to financial reports. Safe and Secure Communities, funded largely by Republican megadonors Ron Cameron of Little Rock and Richard Uihlein of Illinois, reported raising $284,210, according to documents filed with the state Ethics Commission. Responsible Growth Arkansas, the sponsor of the Arkansas Adult Use Cannabis Amendment, reported yesterday that it raised slightly more than $8.5 million last month for a total of more than $13 million. The group’s fundraising report can be found here. The group received a $250,000 donation from Cameron, raising his total contributions to the group to $1.25 million, the report said. The group also received $25,000 from McGeorge Contracting Co. Inc. of Pine Bluff, $5,000 from Heslep Concrete Company of North Little Rock and $4,000 from Haskell Dickinson of Little Rock. Safe and Secure Communities has raised $2,294,557 in total. The group reported spending $1,547,467 last month and $2,239,116 in total. The group reported a balance of $55,440. Safe and Secure Communities’ biggest expenditures last month were $1,500,076 to Nebo Media Inc. of Arlington, Virginia, for advertising, $27,000 to Public Opinion Strategies of Washington, D.C., for polling and $16,500 to Legacy Consulting Inc. of Little Rock for advertising and digital media.