Politics There’s Hope for the Sonics. Wining & Dining (Pt. 3)
posted by April 17 at 17:07 PMon
Every time I post lobbying reports or campaign finance reports to highlight the influence that lobbyists have on legislation, I get eye rolls from politicians. “Josh, it just doesn’t work that way.”
So it is to my delight that a politician finally agrees with me. Check out House Democratic Finance Chair Ross Hunter (D-48, Medina) quoted in today’s Seattle Times on the Sonics legislation:
Still, some lawmakers questioned the Sonics’ lobbying effort.
When Seahawks owner Paul Allen was pushing his stadium funding proposal 10 years ago, he unleashed an army of lobbyists and made a high-profile pitch in Olympia.
“The Sonics just have not done that kind of full-court press,” said Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, chairman of the House Finance Committee, who opposed the proposal. “I don’t know that they’re serious.”
Hunter said he got more pressure this year to support public financing for a theater-renovation project in Yakima than from the Sonics.
Come on, Sonics. You heard the man. There is hope for you. Just come back next year and spend some money lobbying these guys. According to the Democrats House Finance Chair, that’s the way it works. I wasn’t wrong after all.