Anschutz Entertainment Group is still in the lead to win the O.co Coliseum management contract after a second round of voting by the Joint Powers Authority that governs the complex.
During a special meeting held Monday morning, the eight-member board again voted to allow sports consultant Barrett Sports Group to negotiate a contract on behalf of the Coliseum authority with AEG.
This time, however, Commissioner Ignacio De La Fuente was the lone no vote.
Fellow Commissioner Nate Miley recused himself because a lobbyist for SMG -- the incumbent Coliseum operator and competitor for the management contract -- donated to his Alameda County supervisor re-election campaign during a Friday fundraiser.
The $1,000 check came from Shonda Scott, chief executive of the 360 Total Concept public relations firm, who hosts a local TV show.
"I have given for nearly 10 years to Supervisor Miley and various other campaigns where there is no prohibiting of my giving," Scott wrote in an email Monday morning. She didn't reply when asked the amount, which Miley provided.
A representative from the Sutton Law Firm, which on its website lists AEG as a client, brought the donation to light during the meeting.
The San Francisco law firm, acting on behalf of another law firm -- Gray, Greer, Shelby and Vaughn -- said Miley should be disqualified from voting based on California Government Code Section 84308 of the
Competitive contracts, however, may be exempt.
The exemption allowed SMG to donate $4,200 in total to Commissioner Scott Haggerty since April 2010, including a $2,000 check recorded July 26, 2011, in disclosure documents.
Under other circumstances Haggerty would have been required to remove himself from the process because the donation was made within 12 months since the selection process commenced.
Haggerty voted for AEG. Miley said he was also leaning toward voting for AEG.
But he said he decided to recuse himself Monday out of an "abundance of caution," at the advice of Coliseum authority counsel Deena McClain.
Citing a lack of information and time, Miley abstained during the original April 20 vote on the contract, which was a closer call for AEG than on Monday. The other commissioners split 4-3 to move forward with negotiations.
Haggerty at the time called the process the most political in which he has ever been involved.
Miley and De La Fuente are political associates of SMG lobbyist Don Perata.
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Miley said, supported the third competitor, Global Spectrum.
"I received funding from both sides," Miley said. He was referring to a $1,000 check from Len Turner of the Turner Group Construction, who spoke during Monday's meeting in favor of AEG.
The process may have been one of the most contentious because of the way it was handled.
The full board only had access to the thick, detailed proposals from AEG, SMG and Global Spectrum days before the vote. In addition, Commissioner Mary Warren was asked twice before casting a yes vote in favor of AEG.
SMG lawyers threatened legal action if commissioners did not withdraw their April 20 decision.
The Monday meeting was a less dramatic repeat of April 20 and included a summary of a financial analysis provided by Dan Barrett's firm of the competing proposals. The bids had their advantages and trade-offs. AEG, however, appeared to be the strongest candidate financially.
If Barrett Sports and AEG do succeed in negotiating a contract that the Coliseum authority approves, AEG will sign a no-poaching clause that would prevent it from trying to relocate the Raiders to Los Angeles, where the company is building an NFL stadium. The contract provision could not keep the Raiders from leaving Oakland, McClain said, but it would prevent AEG from taking them to Los Angeles.