Skip to comments.Miami Dolphins Owner Recruits Puppet Candidates for State
Posted on 08/03/2013 9:34:02 AM PDT by george76
Stephen Ross, the billionaire owner of the Miami Dolphins, is recruiting tax-and-spend puppet candidates to challenge fiscally conservative Florida Republican state legislators in the 2014 Republican primaries. The New York real estate investors actions are the latest in his campaign of personal destruction against fiscal conservatives who voted against massive taxpayer subsidies for Ross Sun Life Stadium.
Ross, a real estate investor from Michigan who now lives in New York, owns 95 percent of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Ross sought funding this year from Florida state and local taxpayers to cover much of the expenses for $350 million in upgrades he desired for Sun Life Stadium. After the Florida legislature rejected his demands for public funding of his privately owned stadium, Ross turned his fury on Republican lawmakers who voted against the subsidies. Ross directed particular wrath against Miami-based state legislators Michael Bileca and Carlos Trujillo.
Ross appears to be taking a daring risk by recruiting puppet political candidates and so venomously attacking local elected officials for refusing to give him money. Taxpayer subsidies for sports stadiums are notoriously unpopular in Florida and nationally. By making the Miami Dolphins a political football in the battle over handing over taxpayer subsidies to absentee owners of sports franchises, Ross risks turning local residents against the Dolphins just as Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria turned local residents against his baseball team after fleecing millions of tax dollars from local residents.
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A lot of creativity in this piece. He “demanded” the taxpayers pay for the renovations? Really? I must’ve missed that.
This is one that actually should have passed. Now Miami can kiss future Superbowl’s good bye.
Ross, a real estate investor from Michigan who now lives in New York, owns 95 percent of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium.... sought [taxpayer] funding... to cover much of the expenses for $350 million in upgrades he desired for Sun Life Stadium. After the Florida legislature rejected his demands for public funding of his privately owned stadium, Ross turned his fury on Republican lawmakers who voted against the subsidies. Ross directed particular wrath against Miami-based state legislators Michael Bileca and Carlos Trujillo.
support his “enemies”:
Ross asked for the initiative to be voted on, he was promised that it would be brought up for a floor vote from the to Republican leader, himself.. He said he was lied to since they closed the session without bringing it to the floor.
Also, he was putting up 70% of his own money for the cost of the new stadium, asking only for 30% being subsidized from the tax payer
He said after this happened to him, he would make sure that he did every thing he could to get those who lied to him thrown out of office. He's making good on his promise.
Yep, the billionaire did not get his way by having the taxpayers of Florida fund his new stadium...so now he is trying to BUY the legislature.
I hope he wastes his money.
Florida, let’s not let this crybaby billionaire have his way. The taxpayers of Miami-Dade were already snookered into buying the Marlins a stadium. Let’s not let it happen again.
Welfare is wrong, if it is given to the lazy who refuse to work AND it is wrong if it given to billionaires who expect the state to fund their interests, too.
0% should be subsidized by the taxpayer.
He wants a stadium, he ought to pay for it. He isn’t gonna be sending dividend checks to the taxpayers.
If I still lived in Miami, I'd be crying myself to sleep about that. Not.
About 29.9999999998 percent too much IMO.........
Boycott the NFL
He’s bankrolling Gov Rick Scott in his re-election campaign...Scott will need lots of help after caving into the Black KKK and trying to lynch George Zimmerman
No more welfare for pro sports teams. Learn to deal with the free market
Say what you want, 3 superbowls in say 13 years is hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy. Hard to deny.
Exactly 0% should be subsidized by the tax payer.
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I haven’t seen that...Scott has plenty of his own money, and I haven’t seen Scott and Ross together. Are you certain?
I live in Forida too ............................................................................... FRegards
I like Scott,met the guy, I’m a real fan.
If the guy is putting up 70% and asking for 30% nothing unfair about that, IMHO.
Imagine my surprise when I received my absentee ballot in the mail and this robbery attempt was the only item on it.
This at the same time the other degenerate prick Loria is putting a minor league team on the field and pocketing a hundred million bucks this season after conning the chumps into a new stadium
Dolphins suck and are a bunch of greedy crooks.
Loudmouth New York douchebag Ross wants to target conservatives, they are going to target him and his team right back.
Still don't like commies too much down in Miami.
Miami is a true third world sh_t hole.I thought it was bad in 1970 when I left. I can only imagine what it is now.Dolphins get a lot of support from Broward,Palm Bch. and Martin counties.Dade County surely gives them some support but not all.
I REALLY, REALLY dislike DAMYANKEES!
We have the same problem here in Jacksonville — Jags want a $63M scoreboard. Owner of Jags is a billionaire. $63M is chump change for him (he just paid $250M for an ENGLISH! soccer team!), and he wants Jax taxpayers to fund part of the scoreboard.
Buy the damn thing yourself, Mr. Kahn! We cannot afford it! You can!
and the guy who sold him the Dolphins was a real Republican?
Learned from their fellow travelers in NYC.
That question is relevant why?
It’s not. I was just wondering.
It took a while for me to find it, wow, but H. Wayne Huizenga — Dutch descent, but from Chicago, merely went to college here in Grand Rapids — has founded three different companies which wound up Fortune 500. He bought a stake in the team after Joe Robbie had died and the family was “struggling” (it sez here), then bought the rest, pulled Joe Robbie’s name off the stadium, renamed it four or five times, sold half of the team and the stadium to this new joker, then sold all but 5% to the same guy.
That sounds familiar, owned that Waste Management company
Wow, only 30% huh?
Let him pay his own bills, if he wants to move the team, well, bye.
I’ve met Mr. Bileca, if only very briefly, when he was mailing campaign literature. He was a complete gentleman during what is usually a tedious process and treated everyone around him with courtesy, a telling measure of character, unlike other candidates I’ve encountered under the same circumstances, including one caught trying to steal a pallet jack, lol.
Actually, its a zero sum game. Oh, and did you know the NFL does not pay room tax for their hotel rooms?
Forcefully taking from taxpayers to give to the private interests of billionaires doesn’t sound like a free market to me.
We've just been through this in Minnesota with Zygmunt Wilf hijacking the taxpayers to the tune of $975 million for a new playground. One of our columnists finally got around to breaking down the numbers (the Minneapolis RedStar Tribune made some cash on this due to owning some land used in development). When you say an owner will put up 'his own money', this is what he means ...
"The city of Minneapolis is on the hook for $309 million in construction and operation costs for the new stadium. Throw in interest payments for 30 years and that becomes $678 million.
As a reminder, heres the breakdown on the alleged $477 million the Vikings are putting into the $975 million project:
The $200 million loan from the NFL? The Vikings will pay that back with club seat money they would normally share with the league. Ninety-seven percent (31/32nds) of the money the Wilfs will use to pay back the NFL is money that would have gone to their NFL partners anyway.
Naming rights? With the economy rebounded (my note...'uh huh'...) and the NFL red hot, Im estimating $10 million a year. Zygi wont get it all up front, but he can take the deal to the bank, pick up a quick $150 million to $200 million and pay it off as the sponsors checks come in.
Lets go with $100 million as Zygis remaining expense and personal seat fees can cover as much of that as the Vikings have the audacity to extract."
Always for a bowl of pottage!!! We continually sell our birthright for a bowl of pottage... and, of course, like almost all libs, he has his... to H*ll with everyone else. Of course the time will come when his new-found friends will come after him... It's called MARXISM!
What did Julius Caesar say on the steps of the Senate? Then die, Caesar... Let's hope it doesn't come to that for the honest tax-paying working person in this country.
Marlins get two criminal owners in a row. Bad for MLB, bad for Florida.