The case against Jordan Brandman
By the Award-Winning Save Anaheim Blog
In politics, pay to play refers to a system, akin to payola in the music industry, by which one pays (or must pay) money to become a player.
The payer(s), in this case, SOAR (a.k.a. Disney), OCBC, OCTAX, The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, and the GardenWalk hotel developers, made campaign contributions to Kris Murray, Gail Eastman, Harry Sidhu, and Jordan Brandman (Jordan Brandman only verbally supported this deal), and in return received $158 million in tax subsidies to build two privately owned hotels at the failed GardenWalk mall.
WHEN DID ALL THIS BEGIN?
In January 2012, the Anaheim City Council approved up to $158 million in TOT subsidies to a private developer named Bill O’Connell to build two luxury hotels at the failed GardenWalk mall. This was an amendment to a previously exisiting agreement which gave Bill O’Connell upwards of $40 million in TOT subsidies.
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