SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Opponents and supporters of Springfield's smoking ban spent more than $50,000 combined to persuade voters in Tuesday's election.
Voters upheld existing restrictions on smoking by more than 5,000 votes.
The money was all paid to The Campaign Workshop, a campaign consulting group inWashington, D.C., which bought radio ads, yard signs and door hangers.
One Air Alliance had raised $26,500 as of May 28, including $15,000 from the American Cancer Society office in Springfield. Richard Splitter, a retiree, gave the group $5,000 in April.
Opponents of the ban who initiated the election spent much less and raised about half of what One Air Alliance did.