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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Freedom Center lobbying for capital money


UPDATE: Freedom Center spokesman Paul Bernish said Jason Gloyd's letter is off base.

Bernish says the center is not lobbying legislators for state capital support at tonight's reception.

"We weren’t even going to talk about the state capital bill," Bernish said.

Bernish said the Freedom Center engages in outreach events frequently to update people on
what’s going on there. The event at State Street consultants' Columbus offices is just one of them, he said.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is co-hosting a Columbus reception for state legislators tonight at the offices of its State Street lobbyists Neil Clark, John Singleton and former Senate President Stanley J. Aronoff.

A copy of the invitation is here:

The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and coincides with the Freedom Center's efforts to secure nearly $3.8 million in state capital construction money this year.

The Cincinnati center received $2 million in the last capital budget in 2006.

State legislators have just begun reviewing requests. About $100 million in local requests will likely be approved this spring for parks, museums, stadiums and other community projects sponsored by individual legislators.

State Rep. Tom Brinkman, a Republican from Mount Lookout, who vigorously opposed the Freedom Center's last capital budget request, has written fellow legislators to encourage them to vote down this year's request.

Jason Gloyd, chairman of the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending & Taxes (COAST), wrote state legislators here about tonight's reception featuring Freedom Center CEO Donald W. Murphy and board co-chairman John Pepper, who is former chairman of Procter & Gamble.

The Freedom Center, which opened in August 2004, is dedicated to recognizing the fight to end slavery in the United States. The center offers interactive educational programs to promote an understanding of slavery and resistance movements.

The center's new request includes $1.5 million for exhibit renovations, $1.4 million to move its main entrance and $850,000 in state construction money promised in 1999.

In 2006, Pepper said the $2 million capital appropriation was a small part of the seven-year plan for building the Freedom Center, more than $60 million of which was funded privately.

The Freedom Center previously received more than $12 million from the state, of $15 million requested when it was built.

The plan all along was to have taxpayers finance 40 percent, or about $41 million of the center's $110 million construction.

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34 Comments:

at 2:20 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, give me strength...

 
at 2:53 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Freeloader center can't stand on its own, and wants to suck the public teat till it its cracked and bleeding. Gee, who would have seen that one coming?

Maybe streetcars would help.

 
at 3:54 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Freedom Center was interested in tax-payer funds then it would be in the forefront to get us racial equality!

If Gay Community can stop the spread of HIV with proper protection then the Freedom Center can prevent any financial losses, PERIOD !

If the Freedom Center was interested in tax-payer funds then it would not have passed out free display books at the front entrance. The cost of that entrance alone to the tax-payers is exorbitant !

If the Freedom Center was interested in tax-payer funds then he would not have given Bengal Players free passes on their first visit !

If the Freedom Center was interested in tax-payer funds it would have brought home the ideas from the public, PERIOD !

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 4:49 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

.
"Anonymous said...3:54 PM, April 15, 2008"

Looks like the young elephant dung chippers are following their misleadr XXX judge Tryintofoolyou !

PATHETIC 'HypocRites' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 6:09 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, Mr. Bold-Faced Typist, I am a lifelong Democrat and you almost turn me off enough to vote Republican.

 
at 6:31 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Bernish must be smoking the same brand as the delusional Scott Gehring. An organization in need of state funds is hosting a reception for stae legislators, the organization is bringing down its highly-paid lobbyists for the event, and they are NOT going to discuss the legislators' giving state dollars to the organization?

How gullible do they think we are?

Oh, wait. Never mind, so many people believed them when they said they wouldn't need taxpayer dollars to run it.

 
at 6:44 PM, April 15, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Pepper should pay out of his own damn pocket.
ST CSA

 
at 8:12 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can spin this anyway they want, but when it comes down to brass tacks they're having the event to influence lawmakers. Period.

 
at 9:27 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason Gloyd is still working after ending Tom Brinkman's political career?

That's proof that ANYONE can find work in this great economy!!

 
at 9:54 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's casino time at the Freedom Center. I'll go there and you don't have to move the entrance and/or run streetcars to it.

 
at 10:03 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Go Blue Chips! said...

The Blue Chip Young Republicans have courageously taken a stand against further taxpayer funding for this museum:

Cut off Freedom Center from any further public funds

As most Ohioans face tax day deadline tomorrow, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is already working hard to get their hands on more of our money. On Tuesday April 15th the Freedom Center and their ultra-wealthy supporters are holding an exclusive reception for Members of the State Legislature at 137 East State Street starting at 5:30 PM. They aim to quietly purchase Legislators so they will vote to continue enslaving the taxpayers for their mismanaged operation, and they hope these efforts can remain outside of public view.

For years the Freedom Center promised to operate self-sufficiently, a promise they have leveraged to receive approximately $60 million in taxpayer funds to date.

The Blue Chip Young Republicans believe that the Freedom Center should be forced to live up to their promises. At our March 24th club meeting, we voted unanimously to oppose sending any additional taxpayer funds to this private museum.

"It is fitting that the Freedom Center has chosen tax day April 15th to hold their Buy a Legislator Reception. They have been feeding like pigs at the public trough for their entire existence and they have no intention to stop," stated Club President Jeff Capell. "For those Ohioans who haven’t paid their 2007 taxes, don’t send the money to the State of Ohio, send it straight to the Freedom Center instead."

 
at 10:11 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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"Anonymous said...Seriously,I am a lifelong Democrat and you almost turn me off enough to vote Republican. 6:09 PM, April 15, 2008"

Mr = gender bias ?

Typical wRong wingnut whacko spewing the elephant dung propaganda !

No lifelong Democrat would be a follower and, girlie, you are a follower !

Keep goose-stepping to your new misleader, XXX judge Tryintofoolyou !

PATHETIC 'HypocRites' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 11:34 PM, April 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are state legislators going to get some cahunas to shut off the taxpayer spicket to bottomless, full crony-employment projects like this one?
Especially in tough economic times.
People can't make their food, heat and home payments but NURFC needs a new entrance?

 
at 3:01 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's how salesmanship works:
1) introduce yourself and product
2) build support, impress them, and ply them with your wares

then, wait...
finally, ask them to buy into it.

Is this reception a part of the overall sales campaign ? of course. but technically, they won't have their hand out at such event --- and everybody knows it.

As to the value of the Freedom Center -- keep up the great efforts -- if the zoo and the natural history museum requires continuing and substantial support which coast and every other group supports - then why would coast oppose Freedom - the promises of our constitution and the struggles to maintain those basic rights?

Could the opposition be founded in the very attacks upon rights that our founding fathers anticipated -- oppression, bitter condescension, ... racist, hate?

Let the Freedom Center stand - fund them equally as we do any other museum.

 
at 6:22 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "Free us from our tax-dollars" Center is a pig at the trough of big government. Always looking for a handout. I say that it should be turned into a riverfront casino! Lets get something productive out of that prime riverfront land.

 
at 7:57 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe CityLink could set up in the Freedom Center, if someone tells the prison busses which side the entrance is on. Dale might like this real estate a little better. I'm sure Mark could help his brother out if he does.

 
at 8:29 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 3:01 AM says we should fund the Freedom Center like the zoo or natural history museum. Fine. Let the Freedom Center put a levy request on the ballot this November (much as the zoo and Union Terminal have done in the recent past). They won't because it would go down in flames at the ballot box. Thus, they go with outstretched palms to Columbus. I like the Freedom Center, but $1.4 million to move an entrance door? More millions to update exhibitions that have only been there since 2004? Sorry, but that dog won't hunt!

 
at 8:42 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous jfd said...

Whether Citylink (Crossroads) goes on the river front or on Bank St it's still going to screw the property owners and tax payers of the City and County. At least if the FC becomes a casino there will be some benefit derived from it.

DON'T GIVE MONEY TO THE FREEDOM CENTER OR CROSSROADS!

 
at 8:56 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 3:01 You can't compare the Zoo or the Museum Center to the Underground Museum.
I have no interest nor do I intend to visit the Underground. I, also, won't visit a Holocaust museum.
It's not being racist; it just seems to me that you want all taxpayers to support a museum that is geared for only part of the population.

 
at 11:14 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attract some celebrity support by changing its name to "The Harry Belefonte I Hate White People Center". He made that pretty clear when he supported its inception.

 
at 11:55 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:14...were it not for white people,Harry Belafonte would have not had a successful career...now that I think of it...maybe he's hacked off enough white people in the past few decades that his career has been over for a very long time.

oh and bold face typer...I'm going to refer to you as "Butch" from now on...

 
at 1:23 PM, April 16, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

The next dollar that goes to that joint should be to board it up and that should come from Pepper.
ST CSA

 
at 4:14 PM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Scott said...

COAST IS TOAST.

WHO CARES WHAT THOSE LOSERS HAVE TO SAY?

 
at 7:31 PM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

using the word 'courageously' in the same sentence as 'Blue Chip Young Republicans' is an oxymoron. That collection of Chickenhawks are too cowardly to join the military and fight in the war that they support.

 
at 9:31 PM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We weren’t even going to talk about the state capital bill," Bernish said

Yeah, and I've got a bridge across the Ohio River to sell you, dirt cheap. Why do these flim-flam individuals still think we're all dumb & stupid?

Of course, the free money was discussed in clusters over cocktails & fancy hors d'oeurves. You scratch the itch on my bottom & when you itch, I'll scratch yours. It's the same old, same old.

I say turn the FC into a casino & a brothel. In a day, it'll make enough to put doors all around the perimeter of the damned dump. And no, that stinkin CityLink criminal warehouse isn't going in there, or anywhere else, for that matter. Dale-for-Sale Mallory will just have to forego that chunky payola check.

 
at 10:17 PM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:31 coward - you should try saying that to the faces of the military veterans in the club, as well as the Blue Chip club member who is CURRENTLY serving in Iraq. Once again, liberals show nothing but disrespect for the men and women in our military.

 
at 11:34 PM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, we have members who are in the service. In fact, one is in Iraq now.

A BCYR member.

 
at 9:52 AM, April 17, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Pepper wants to open another 'slave museum' in Indian Hill. This one of course will be completely self-supporting.

 
at 11:24 AM, April 17, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Idiot said...

The Blue Chip Young Chickenhawks are a collection of cheeto eating wackos who blog from their parents basements.

COAST is TOAST. Once DeWhiner is gone, they will not have any supporters left in power.

ST CPA

 
at 8:27 PM, April 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's put a Freedom Center levy on the ballot this November and let the voters decide. In support of this effort, perhaps they could host a Presidential debate.

 
at 9:09 PM, April 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Cheviot Sports Idiot--- The Idiot description describes you perfectly, but do you have to live in Cheviot?
I grew up there and it was a great place to live 30 years ago.

 
at 2:47 AM, April 18, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Idiot said...

30 Years Ago...in my day...everything was perfect!

Chevy-it is a dump. Get over it Grandpa.

And The "Sports Authority"/UselessIdiot IS the Idiot, gramps.

 
at 10:03 AM, April 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheviot Idiot The reason it's the way it is today is because of you and those of your ilk. No education and no ambition.

 
at 10:18 AM, April 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheviot Sports Idiot's moniker is a self portrait. He should take his head out of his buttocks. It won't help his brain (none there), but it could help his breathing.

 
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