BRADENTON, Fla. — The watchdog group Common Cause Georgia has called off its petition effort to seek a referendum on the issue of public financing for the $1 billion new stadium for the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons.

The organization said on its website that it spent 58 days collecting petition signatures, and the deadline to submit 35,000 signatures ended Aug. 10, but it did not have enough to force the issue onto the ballot.

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