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Friday, February 4, 2011

Examiner’s owner wants stadium, has spread $$$ around (and check out the list...)

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 6:07 pm in Assembly, California State Senate, campaign finance.

Philip Anschutz (photo by Denver Post)Reacting to today’s Los Angeles Times story about how “developer Philip Anschutz’s plan to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles may now hinge on whether state lawmakers will allow him to bypass some environmental rules so the 64,000-seat project can quickly get underway,” Berkeley-based bloodhounds MAPLight.org quickly uncorked a long list of lawmakers to whom the Denver-based billionaire businessman has made contributions.

Among Anschutz’s many holdings is the Clarity Media Group, which owns the San Francisco Examiner and other Examiner newspapers across the country. You’ll notice that very little of Anschutz’s political generosity has reached Bay Area lawmakers.

See where Anschutz has been spreading his money around, after the jump…

Below is a list of the $92,582 in contributions from 2003-2009 from companies and employees tied to Anschutz to state lawmakers serving in the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 sessions of the California State Legislature:
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

Key

Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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