Organizers of a pro-military rally at the U.S. Marine center downtown said they purposely spent $25,000 to $30,000 in neighboring cities to penalize Berkeley financially for its recent anti-military stance.

"If Berkeley does not want the military in town, then veterans should not be spending any money there," said rally organizer Doug Lyvere, a retired Marine sergeant major and the West Region coordinator of Eagles Up, a pro-military group.

Lyvere said he figures the 450 bikers pumped more than 2,000 gallons of gas, spending about $7,600 outside the city. He said about 800 people spent about $20 each for breakfast, lunch, beverages and other supplies outside Berkeley, which the group dubbed the Veterans No Spend Zone, for a total of about $16,000.

About 60 to 75 people paid for motel and hotel rooms outside Berkeley for a total of $7,740 to $9,675, he said.

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