Arena money flowing… here’s where
Took a look at some of the arena documents available online to the public, and here are a few nuggets I found interesting:
• Last month Gilmore & Bell, a public finance law firm, was paid $300,000 for its work on the arena bond issues. That’s the firm Lincoln’s bond counsel, Lauren Wismer, works for.
• Ameritas Investment Corp. was paid $150,000 last month. Ameritas contributed at least $12,700 to the pro-arena campaign before the May election, where voters approved the $340 million project.
• They’ve budgeted $15,500 for furniture, fixtures and data processing equipment for the city employees working on the arena project.
• The joint public agency will pay the Thought District $23,000 to set up a website and Facebook site to track development of the arena project. The Facebook portion alone will cost $1,500 (any teenager could set that up for nothing!) According to the Thought District’s project overview, “By providing an up-to-date, transparent view of the project, the website will inform the public, curb negative sentiment, and excite supporters of the arena.”