You know what’s crazy? The way the University of Louisville’s leadership team does the absolute worst thing, no matter what, 24/7. It’s almost like Jim Ramsey has a “let’s jack this up” m.o. for everything. Literally, everything.
The latest mess? I’ll dumb it down:
When the University of Louisville played at Freedom Hall, the seat lease/license fee (money you pay get seats – ticket price not included) was waived for legislators. Since nearly all (if not all) the revenue went to UofL, they saw it as no big deal. But that was back in the good old days.
Now? We all know UofL plays in the fancy trailer house on Main Street in Downtown Louisville. The seat lease/license fee there ranges from $500 to $2,500 per seat – depending upon location. Anything on the floor level is at least $1,500 per seat. And a large portion of those fees are required to be used to pay off the gigantic arena bonds. Since that was the case – that the fees were partially used to pay down the bonds – legislators were required to pay the fee.
But that made area legislators unhappy. One prominent Democrat got so upset he went directly to UofL to complain about how unfair it was for legislators to suddenly be required to pay a fee. Shocking, I know.
So what happened? Jim Ramsey caved under the pressure and sent out a letter to legislators last week. He let them know that UofL had decided it would pay the fee for legislators (not just waive it) with private funds. Meaning the UofL Foundation would use anonymous contributions to give state legislators anonymous cash. Ramsey even mentioned in his letter that the decision to pay the fees would mean some students wouldn’t receive scholarships. Which is maybe the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in weeks.
But here’s my question: does no one at the University of Louisville have a filter? This could be considered anything from potential bribery to illegal anonymous campaign contributions. What if those anonymous private funds came from individuals or corporations registered to lobby the state legislator? Then this scenario lends itself to unreported lobbying.
Head – desk.