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Founded by Ralph Nader, League of Fans is a sports reform project working to improve sports by increasing awareness of the sports industry's relationship to society, exposing irresponsible business practices, ensuring accountability to fans, and encouraging the industry to contribute to societal well-being.

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Ralph Nader's letter to the editor on the secrecy of the Patriots' stadium deal legislation in Hartford

Dear Editor:

Let's set the record straight on the availability of the legislation that lawmakers voted on to pass the Patriots' stadium deal. On the day of the vote before noon, we were informed that the legislation to be voted on in the afternoon was not available to some lawmakers themselves. Other lawmakers said they had the bill but not the amendments. No citizens trying to obtain a copy of the final draft of the legislation in order to read and react could obtain a copy, unless they had an inside contact. This is autocratic and disgraceful procedure.

As for the legislation being on-line after the vote in mid-December, no self-respecting professor of law or lawyer who is trying to make a careful judgement on a passed bill's contents would rely on a website copy. They would want an official paper copy of the bill from the appropriate office in the legislature. There are too many scanning errors, not to mention the confusing paragraphing and sub-paragraphing that sometimes can be verbal trip-wires. The constitutional experts we were consulting wanted an official copy and that was not forthcoming for days after passage.

All in all, the whole sordid and largely secret rush to judgement, together with the farce of a legislative hearing that even excluded an officially invited expert witness, economist Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College, who waited and waited and was never recognized by his invitor, incoming House Speaker, Moira Lyons, reflects the top politicians' belief that the people of Connecticut are too powerless to do anything to stop this gravy train. We shall see and so shall they.


Ralph Nader