Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sports Team Owners Buy Politicians With Campaign Contributions
Do you have a chance? A quick review of Indiana's campaign finance database reveals that Jim Irsay and the Simon family have been making a whole lot of campaign contributions over the past decade. Various Simon family members made hundreds of contributions to state and legislative candidates and the political parties totalling well over $2 million. Jim Irsay has showered hundreds of state and legislative candidates and political parties with well over $300,000 in campaign contributions. That doesn't count the tens of thousands of dollars each of the families have contributed in Indianapolis' recent mayoral and city-county council races. The generosity of Irsay and the Simons towards your elected public officials have made them very generous in doling out public subsidies to the billionaire families' sports franchises. You see how it works?