Opponents of a publicly financed baseball stadium spent roughly $50,000, trying to sway public opinion.I have some gay friends, they were very concerned they would lose their nightlife because of baseball.
In one method used to get their message out, opponents used an automated phone line.
The person on the automated phone call says he's from a group called Friends of the Earth, and he's opposed to a stadium built with public money
Friends of the Earth is part of a coalition called "No D.C. Taxes For Baseball."
And, WTOP Radio has learned up to 20 percent of the $50,000 came from Robert Siegel, an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner whose business would have to move to make way for the stadium.
Siegel is a major landowner on the South Capitol stadium site, an area that Siegel calls "D.C.'s unofficial Red Light district."
He owns 11 properties, several of which house gay nightclubs. He also owns a gay porn shop and adult theaters.
I also worked for Friends of the Earth once. But in the UK. We didn't work on Gay issues. Not that I know of.