Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A staggering number

Almost $1,000,000 has been spent to bankroll lobbyists and consultants to sell Nashville the concept of the Music City Center. That total includes the $450,000 McNeely, Pigott, and Fox billed Metro government and the $533,000 that corporations privately donated to the Music City Center coalition.

Construction has not even started because leaders had to spend $1,000,000 to convince Nashville of MCC merits. But the council votes have never been close. MCC boosters have never been down.

And this is good business? $1,000,000 to lobby and influence public opinion when council support was certain? Why do people with this much money to throw at advertising need our general funds as a safety net on their capital debt obligations?

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