July 30, 1989
With the increasing attention to the "pay to play" virus, it's becoming increasingly frustrating to read of club owners griping about barely making ends meet and thus justifying the practice. The problem lies with the clubs' refusal to have one in-house booker; use of a single booker would end the need for outside promoters, who are, for the most part, the greatest perpetrators of the pay-to-play evil. Clubs in areas such as Anaheim, San Pedro and Reseda survive because they use one booker and do their own advertising, along with some pre-sales.
June 17, 1990
Your article on the L.A. metal scene lacks a discussion of perhaps the furthest-reaching, terrible contribution of the metal culture, namely pay-to-play. Bob Sipchen mentions most club owners' practice of making bands pay before granting them stage time, but fails to explain that if it were not for those metal bands that will pay, the arrangement would not exist. As a local alternative/punk fanzine editor, I am constantly made aware of the problems of this peculiarly Los Angeles institution.
September 17, 2002
Re "Clearing the Road for Pet Projects," Sept. 9: Now I get it. If I want to have my driveway repaved at taxpayer expense, I make a contribution to the sponsors of Proposition 51--the Traffic Congestion Relief and Safe School Buses Act--so they'll include my "traffic improvement project" in their pay-to-play initiative. Kelly Hayes-Raitt Santa Monica
April 18, 2004
Through over 20 years of public service, I have always held myself to the highest ethical standards. Recent allegations that businesses must give campaign contributions in order to successfully win city contracts go against everything that I believe. I simply will not tolerate that behavior in my administration. "Alice in DWP-Land" (editorial, April 14) suggested that the Department of Water and Power awarded a contract to the public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard because it contributed to my campaign.
December 12, 2005
Re "Cunningham Figure Gave to Gov., Got 2 Board Seats," Dec. 8 For a man who claimed while he was running for governor that he didn't need other people's money, Arnold Schwarzenegger certainly knows the rules of "pay to play." It's obvious that if the recently resigned Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Santa Fe Springs) had never been caught on the take, government contractor Brent Wilkes would still be on those two boards that Schwarzenegger placed him on -- seats that apparently cost $35,000 apiece.
April 18, 2009 |
Investment banker Steven Rattner came to Washington in February to help the Obama administration bail out General Motors Corp. and Chrysler -- and maybe even find a larger role in government for himself. But any larger ambitions are now clouded by a pay-for-play scandal that links the New York state pension fund, a low-budget movie called "Chooch" and Rattner's former private-equity firm. There are no allegations of wrongdoing by Rattner or his former company, Quadrangle Group.