As previously reported here, the various shell companies behind developer Bob Farren’s proposed extraordinarily minor league baseball stadium (coming soon to an inconvenient location near you) contributed nearly $20,000 to the election campaigns of Chairman Scott York (R) and his fellow members of the all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors.
But that, it turns out, was just the tip of the iceberg.
Going through the list of investors in Farren’s venture, it turns out that the stadium’s financial backers gave at least $67,569 to York & Co. for the 2011 election. Quite a tidy sum in a local election to come from a single very interested outfit with a lot of business before the Board. (Once again, hats off to VPAP for its excellent public service of compiling records of political contributions.)
Below is a table of political contributions in 2011 and 2010 to the members of our current Loudoun Board of Supervisors from Virginia Investment Partnership and its investors. Some ponied up quite a bit: Besides his direct contributions of $1,000 apiece to York and Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), investor Mark Stavish was also the major donor ($14,500) to a PAC called (get this) “In Support of Community Service PAC,” which then turned around and gave $5,000 to York, $6,000 to Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run, a major cheerleader for the stadium), a cool $10,000 to Clarke, as well as a few gees apiece to most of the other Republican supervisors:
According to the ethics policy adopted by the previous Board — but not this one! — every single one of the Board members would have had to recuse themselves from their recent 9–0 vote that put Farren’s rezoning request for the stadium at One Loudoun on a super-fast track.
But as Scott York’s ongoing cover up of the Delgaudio scandal has made abundantly clear, ethics is not exactly a very high priority for this bunch.