By Josh Stein on May 10, 2009
I’ll be brief, because the piece is brief, but for those who are interested, MMAPayout.com has an excellent piece on the money a union lobby Unite Here is giving to the members of the tourism committee expected to block MMA from coming into the state of New York.
Robert Joyner, who wrote the article, has some great numbers, and I think his conclusion is pretty good:
Do I think there is a strict quid pro quo going on for opposition to MMA? No, Unite Here lobbies on a number of topics in the State of New York, MMA being one among them. Their donations look to sway legislators on any number of subjects. Through their donations in the past, Unite Here has built relationships with these legislators, relationships that may be revisited with the vote for the MMA bill to come out of committee and into the larger Assembly. It should be interesting to see how the legislators listed above vote on the subject once they are asked to go on the record as yeah or nay on MMA for New York.
Bob Reilly (who’s name appears on the list) has made it pretty clear how he’ll be voting. I’m curious to see if this entire block swings together, too. I really hope they don’t.
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About the Author: Joshua Stein is a writer and editor for MMA Opinion. He has worked as a photographer and journalist and has a number of print journalism credits. He also works as a moderator for MMAForum.com and a grappling columnist (covering judo, collegiate wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling) for profighting-fans.com.