April 26, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings owners George Maloof and Gavin Maloof sit court side during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Law Firm connected to Maloofs paid money to fund arena ballot measure

Just when the drama for Sacramento Kings fans had started to lull, the movement for a new downtown arena just took a soap opera turn.

The Sacramento Bee reported today that a Southern California law firm who’d previously represented the Maloof family had donated money to the grassroots campaign that has been trying to force a vote on the subsidies set aside for the new Sacramento arena.

Per the Bee story, authored by Ryan Lillis, Tony Bizjak and Dale Kasler:

Loeb & Loeb, which represented the Maloofs when they tried to sell the Sacramento Kings to a group in Seattle, transferred the money to the signature-gathering firm via an Orange County political consultant, according to a statement issued today by a political consultant involved in the signature campaign.

Paul Olson, head of Olson Campaigns, a company that organizes grass roots political campaigns, said in a statement that his firm had been hired by Southern California-based Powers Communication and that he has “traced the wire transfer (for money funding the effort) to a Los Angeles law firm Loeb & Loeb.”

In the story George Maloof denied any involvement and claimed he knows nothing about Loeb & Loeb’s payment.

Whether the Maloofs truly knew about the funding or not, the fact that they’re still somehow linked to Sacramento’s arena efforts just months after apparently leaving the picture is just another wild turn in the ongoing saga.

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