May 14, 2012 | One of Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley’s favorite campaign talking points is about leading the county in keeping the Raiders, Athletics and Warriors in Oakland, he just never said how.
On Monday, Miley recused himself from voting on a new management contract for the O.co Coliseum after a lobbyist for the stadium’s current adminstrator donated $1,000 to his re-election campaign last Friday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
A letter from the lawyers for SMG, the Coliseum’s current management firm, alleged Miley may have violated the state’s pay-for-play laws by soliciting and accepting a $1,000 check from Shonda Scott, a lobbyist for SMG. The Coliseum Authority on Monday voted for a second time to begin negotiations with sports management giant, Anschutz Entertainment Group, to take over the Coliseum’s day-to-day operations.
Miley admitted he had received the $1,000 campaign contribution, but also told the Mercury News he had received donations from “the other side.” Fellow county supervisor Scott Haggerty also received $4,200 over the past two years in donations from SMG, said the paper, but voted Monday for AEG–its competitor.
The news of a large campaign contribution is yet another flank in a run of current or burgeoning county-based scandals involving participation from Miley. During a candidate’s forum April 30 in Castro Valley, Miley responded to his challenger Tojo Thomas’s charge that he accepting $1,000 from a medical marijuana dispensary in unincorporated Alameda County by admitting he received the contribution and added, he “takes money from anybody,” but it does not affect his decision-making.
His decision to not participate in Monday’s vote also adds to a growing list of agenda items Miley has recused himself from discussing at the Board of Supervisors. In recent months, it is not uncommon for Miley to regularly recuse himself on votes that risk a conflict of interest with his long-time girlfriend’s work as head of a non-profit drug and alcohol prevention program, along with the government employment of his son and daughter.