Sunday, September 23

Link between donation, bill denied

The Los Angeles Times has a story about some political donations that sound shady:

One of the last things lawmakers did before they adjourned at 3:26 a.m. on Sept. 12 was to pass a measure that would make Anschutz Entertainment Group, owner of Staples Center, eligible for millions of dollars in state funds to improve the downtown area around its arena.

Hours later that same day, a $10,000 check from the Anschutz company arrived at the fundraising office of a political committee run by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland), who helped shepherd the legislation.

Company officials said they had committed to the donation in June and the check coincidentally arrived the same day the Legislature passed a bill the company had sought.
You see, back in November voters agreed to borrow $2.8 billion when they passed housing bond Proposition 1C. The legislation Anschutz sought would allow it, in partnership with Los Angeles, to apply for some of that big pie.

...but there is no reason to think the donation was linked to any quid pro quo, right?

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