Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hillsborough Commissioner Gets Check From Former MLB Exec Now Getting Paid by Hillsborough County

The Hillsborough commissioner leading the charge to move the Tampa Bay Rays to Tampa has collected a campaign check from one high-profile donor who is already benefiting from the stadium efforts.

Thanks to longtime Shadow of the Stadium reader Scott Myers for catching Bob DuPuy's name in Commissioner Ken Hagan's May donor report. DuPuy gave Hagan the maximum-allowable $1,000 toward his 2018 campaign.

Bob DuPuy is a former MLB president and now partner at law firm Foley & Lardner. Foley & Lardner is the same firm Hagan and the county have reportedly paid nearly $200,000 to for its assistance in luring the Rays across the bay.

Hagan also recently reported donations from Rays owner Stu Sternberg and Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. He has been trying to find creative ways to get public dollars for a new stadium in Tampa.

Hagan has served as a county commissioner for 15 years and will be term-limited out of his countywide seat in 2018, but will be seeking another four-year term as a commissioner for District 2. His fundraising prowess has often scared off opponents, and so far, only one other person has filed to run against Hagan in 2018, fellow Republican, Chris Paradies.

Hagan has reported $350,661 in fundraising for the race through July 31, while Paradies has reported just $3,000.

DuPuy served as MLB COO and President from 2002 to 2010. He also gave Hagan a $1,000 donation in 2013, just before the county hired DuPuy's firm.

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  1. Couch change compared to the future county revenue stream stemming from Publix Park...
    Actually, the stadium has been laminating it's worth for years from being used as an attractive pawn to draw other big deals in Vinikville! Only news you'll hear from "Solutions of a Stadium"...
    Don't let the "Shadow" block your view of what's really happening.

  2. It pales in comparison to all the shenanigans the folks in St. Pete pulled to get the Rays!

    1. St.Pete were lucky to get the D'Rays to occupy & draw thousands of folks spending hundreds at & around the Trop 81 days a year, while they paid off the stadium debt. #SolutionsOfAStadium