News Storm storm
posted by February 26 at 18:19 PMon
Update: I called the Sonics/Storm front office in Seattle and the NBA front office in New York. I talked briefly with Sonics/Storm spokesperson Tom Savage. (I’m still trading messages with the NBA spokesperson.)
I asked Savage what a gay friendly team like the Storm had to say about two of its new owners, Tom Ward and Aubrey McClendon, kicking in $1.1 million to Gary Bauer’s anti-gay marriage 527, Americans United to Preserve Marriage.
I was clear with him what I thought: It’s a direct affront to a big bloc of Storm fans to know that ticket sales are going into the pockets of men who were funding (or started it would seem) an anti-gay marriage group.
Savage said he had to look into it, and he’d get back to me by tomorrow. He did ask why the sudden interest. That is: Had Ward or McClendon made a recent donation?
I told him what the records showed: The donations came in 2004—during the Presidential campaign push— and 2005.
McClendon made four donations totalling $625K all in the fall of 2004. Ward made three donations totalling $425K in the fall of 2004 and the fall of 2005.
And as I reported last night, Ward also donated $5K to Bauer’s PAC, Campaign for Working Families in 2002.
I’ll let you know what he says.
The Sonics never got back to me, but they did get back to the PI, which picked up the story.
Here’s what Sonics’ spokesperson Jim Kneeland told the PI.
People are entitled to have their views, they are not views that I happen to agree with but they are not trying to impose them on anyone out here.
“Not trying to impose ” their views … ???
Um, that’s the whole point of Americans United to Preserve Marriage. They’re trying to impose their view that gays can’t get married onto gay couples that want to get married.