With friends like these...A proliferation of powerful outside groups that raise money for city agencies are secretly privatizing public policy.

Number 20544
Subject Politics
Source San Francisco Bay Guardian
State CA
Year 1998
Publication Date March 18, 1998
Summary According to the article, "On April 29, 1997, a group of well-heeled developers, land-use lawyers, architects, and lobbyists gathered at the New Asia Restaurant in Chinatown. They had coughed up as much as $2,500 a table, which is about the going rate for a major political fundraiser. But this time the influential crowd had not come to support a candidate for mayor or to rub elbows with a powerful politician. The object of everyone's attention was a group of low-profile bureaucrats: the staff of the city Planning Department."
Category General
Pages 4
Keywords city agencies; money; fundraising; fundraisers; Planning department; Planning and Zoning; politics; lobbyists; finances
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