On Friday, [Hansen] was unmasked as the mystery donor behind the signature-gathering effort to force a public vote on the Kings' proposed downtown arena - an effort that could derail the arena and jeopardize the team's future in Sacramento once again.
Amid a lawsuit and a state investigation, Hansen and an Orange County political action committee filed documents revealing Hansen contributed $100,000 to the petition drive on June 21 - a month after the NBA board of governors vetoed his plan to buy the Kings and move them to Seattle.
... The state Fair Political Political Practices Commission said Hansen's donation violated state law because disclosure came two weeks late.
It was already old news by the time I got back to the office, and I don't really have any new information to add to the story. But apparently, this is THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY EVER (according to the asshole trolls who keep deliberately driving my comment threads off-topic, because obviously, Hansen disclosing an otherwise legal political contribution two weeks late, in some other state, is much more important than, say, discussing a developing nuclear crisis with dire worldwide consequences, you know, because). So there it is.
In other billionaires-buying-what-they-want news, it is interesting to note that at least $15,000 of the $52,500 that the Seattle Chamber of Commerce has contributed to the People for Ed Murray PAC (via the chamber's own obtusely named PAC), came directly from billionaire Paul Allen's real estate arm, Vulcan Inc., because apparently, Mayor Mike McGinn has not sufficiently pandered to South Lake Union developers, or something. That's Allen using Vulcan to contribute to a PAC created by the Chamber that then in turn redirects the money to a PAC soliciting unlimited contributions on behalf of Murray, in a way that Allen and Vulcan's names never appear connected to the campaign. Which is perfectly legal. But hardly more transparent than what Hansen did.