I need your help. I’ve been building a list of volunteers, asking people for donations and getting out to meet the voters. I’m doing everything that I can to defeat a 16-year career county commissioner with a huge campaign war chest.
Now, it’s up to you! This is a call to action. Why?
We can no longer afford career politicians making decisions that benefit their political cronies. Career politicians implement public policies that favor big money donors.
Shocking? Probably Not!
This corrosive influence of big money donors on public policy should make you angry. You see. Public policies favored by the majority of voters, the ordinary, middle class voters, don’t get implemented by career politicians. Professor Martin Gilens of Princeton University published a study that shows how professional politicians and big political donors have rigged the system to favor them.
But there is good news. Professor Gilens study also shows that organized voters can have an impact on public policy. It’s not easy. We need to vote out Career Politicians and get involved in electing Public Servants, ordinary citizens that don't want to make politics a career. We need to make small donations, $10 - $100 each, to citizen candidates that don't want to make a career of politics. Donate Here!
The stakes couldn’t be higher for Hillsborough County Taxpayers! The impact on our lives could be devastating! Mayor Buckhorn said that public financing of a new $892 Million stadium in Tampa would be “complex” and likely based on "tax increment financing." Only the county can obligate Taxpayers, and only the county has a big enough tax base to pay back more than a Billion in debt and interest -- not that we would want to if given the chance to vote.
My opponent in the August 28th Republican Primary, “Tax-Happy” Hagan, has refused to answer questions about financing, even though outside attorneys have spent nearly $400,000 in legal fees crafting a scheme for Taxpayer financing of his dream stadium.
Next, we can expect an urgent vote of the county commissioners, right after the election in November, to support this complex financing scheme, or else!
We know how my opponent will vote, no matter how much it costs us Taxpayers. I won't vote for Taxpayer financing of a stadium, because Taxpayers don't benefit from stadium deals. Just ask Professor Phil Porter at USF or any other independent economist that understands the economics of professional sports stadiums. The threat is that the Rays will leave Tampa Bay unless Taxpayers foot the majority of the bill for a stadium, but major league baseball doesn't want to give up on the Tampa Bay television market. Major league baseball and the Rays can and will step up to fund a stadium if our political leaders just start looking out for the Taxpayers interests.
I will demand that voters be given a chance to vote if any Taxpayer financing is part of a financing deal for a stadium. It's only right that such a large decision be put to the voters directly!
We need to convince county commissioners not to give in to a false urgency based on an artificial deadline. We need to make sure every county commission candidate pledges to hold a voter referendum before any bonds obligate Hillsborough County taxpayers to pay anything for a stadium that benefits wealthy team owners. #NoVoteNoBonds
I need your help to defeat this 16-year career county commissioner in the Republican primary this Summer. That is the first step to bring back common sense to the Hillsborough county commission.
Thank you for your support,
Prof. Gilens: public policy favors big donors
Professional politicians implement public policy favored by their big donors. That’s what research at Princeton University shows. Bottom line? Ordinary voters need toss out the “careerists” by getting involved in electing public servants, or they’ll continue to get ignored by professional politicians catering to their big donors and corporate cronies.
Tampa metro near bottom in middle market business strength -- WWW.BIZJOURNALS.COM
A ranking based on middle market business strength shows the effect of failed policies on the Tampa Metro. Focusing incentives on big box stores like Bass Pro Shops (that “Tax-Happy” Hagan favored with a $7 Million taxpayer subsidy) hasn’t worked. Hillsborough County needs to embrace innovation to create the jobs of the future: high-wage, skilled jobs that provide opportunity for our skilled workforce and kids graduating from college.
Rays stadium public financing complex -- WWW.BIZJOURNALS.COM
Mayor Buckhorn said stadium financing would be complex with multiple sources. He said money could come from things like tourist revenue or tax incremental funds from the community redevelopment area. That fund only has about $200,000 in it, now, but Buckhorn said as revenue in the area increases with development opportunities a new stadium could spur, the fund would become…
wtsp.com | The surprising bills - and texts - from Hillsborough’s Rays stadium attorneys -- WWW.WTSP.COM
TAMPA, Fla. – Hillsborough County has now spent nearly $400,000 on outside legal counsel in its quest to lure the Rays over from St. Petersburg, and public records indicate the two firms it now employs appear to be not only advising the county, but also negotiating on its behalf – and possibly withholding records related to the discussions from public view.
wtsp.com | Hagan cashes in on Rays stadium talks -- WWW.WTSP.COM
Who is “Tax-Happy” Hagan working for? His campaign account has seen “…a windfall, as numerous executives and developers involved in the high-stakes negotiations have cut checks to Hagan in recent months,” according to this report from 10 Investigates.
Cobb County Georgia Cutting Libraries After Braves Stadium Deal -- DEADSPIN.COM
Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as many as eight libraries face being closed or consolidated in an effort to save $2.6 million per year starting in 2019.
San Diego said no to taxpayer subsidies -- TAMPABAYBEAT.INFO
New York taxpayers were still on the hook for $110 million when the Giants left for New Jersey. St. Louis taxpayers owed another $144 million when the Rams abandoned them. If the Rays need taxpayer financing to move to Tampa, years before their agreement with St. Pete is at an end, expect the Rays to bolt, when ticket sales don’t reach expectations and a better deal comes along.
Grade F: The Math Simply Fails for a Stadium Relocation – TAMPABAYBEAT.INFO
Brian Auld, president of the Rays, said the Rays need 10,000 more fans, which would bring in an additional $20 million per year. A $600 million dollar bond at 4% interest would cost $34 million per year for 30 years. Should taxpayers pay $34 million per year for the Rays to earn an extra $20 million per year in revenue? Should taxpayers pay anything for the Rays to make more revenue?
Paid By Chris Paradies, Republican, for Hillsborough County Commission District 2