Sunday, May 17, 2009

Another Developer Loves Luke (Or, At Least, Wants As Much Love As $15K Can Buy)

This article likely will adjust the Propositions Board (far right) with respect to the timing of Luke Ravenstahl's indictment:

The largest last-minute contribution to Ravenstahl is $15,000 from three executives of The Forza Group, a real estate company that arranged to meet with city planning officials to discuss building at least one hotel in Pittsburgh.

Planning Director Noor Ismail declined to discuss details of the project because the company hasn't applied for approval.

Ravenstahl said he wasn't familiar with the firm. The donation pushes Ravenstahl's total cash and in-kind contributions to $357,000 this year, including a $150,000 loan from Onorato.

The article also reports that Dan Onorato banked better than $70,000 last week, putting his year-to-date total past $500,000. Will this be enough to overcome the Supreme Court smackdown on assessments (with more to come from Judge Wettick) and the eventual resumption of the barrage from the drink tax opponents?

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