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September 29, 2010

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Big donation coming — but from who?

by Deena Winter

I’ve been hearing for some time now that a big donation is going to be announced for the Sherman Field renovation.
Upwards of a half million dollars. That’s not terribly news-worthy, but what might be is the source of the donation: I’m hearing it’s one of the companies vying for the big arena contract — the construction manager.
I asked parks director Lynn Johnson to confirm the source of the donation, but he declined, saying, “We are in the process of finalizing commitments on a leadership gift” for Sherman Field and it would be announced in a few weeks.
I’m also hearing certain city officials have been hitting up the construction companies for campaign donations. Since the construction companies aren’t supposed to contact members of the selection team, let’s hope members of the selection team are playing by the same rules.

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  1. Roger Yant
    Sep 29 2010

    Sounds like politics as usual. Only the big money and those connected can get their palms greased. I fond that out running for office in this town. I don’t believe they should be able to contact the construction companies or them conntacting those running for office, for fear of vote buying on any projects that may be coming up in the future.

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