Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/16/13
Chris Hansen the Seattle investor who tried to buy the Sacramento Kings earlier this year was unmasked today as the mystery donor behind the petition campaign seeking to force a public vote on the the Kings' proposed new downtown arena. At an afternoon press conference FPPC enforcement chief Gary Winuk said Hansen should have known state law required him to report his $100000 contribution. "It's not like a local school board candidate running for the first time" Winuk said. On June 21 Hansen donated $100000 to a group gathering signatures in Sacramento. His contribution came just weeks after the National Basketball Association owners vetoed his deal to buy the team and move it to Seattle. The shocking revelation came in campaign documents filed this afternoon with the Secretary of State by an Orange County political action committee. The group called Citizens for a Voice in Government made the belated filing one day after the state's political watchdog the Fair Political Practices Commission sued a Los Angeles law firm that wired $80000 of Hansen's $100000 to the signature-gathering campaign organizers in Sacramento. The lawsuit demanded to know the identity of the donor. A court hearing had been scheduled for Monday. The revelation that Hansen bankrolled the anti-arena campaign is a dramatic turn of events. Initial suspicion fell on the Maloof family former owners of the Kings because the family has long been represented by the law firm that wired the money Loeb & Loeb. A spokesman for the family had no comment Friday. Winuk told reporters there is no evidence to suggest the Maloofs are involved in the campaign to put Sacramento's arena deal to a vote.
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