The Daily News reports that Bruce Ratner's company has given $5 million to a "grassroots" organization that supports the planned Nets arena and mini-city in Brooklyn. The News quotes a document filed by the group, BUILD, with the IRS. It states Forest City Ratner had provided "$5 M" to BUILD. The News also reports two BUILD employees sit on a neighborhood board that reviews local land use projects. BUILD and Ratner's spokesman deny the funding.
- Snake in the 'grassroots' - Juan Gonzalez - New York Daily News
- IRS Form 1023: Brooklyn United for Innovative Land Development - Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
- Juan Gonzalez of the NY Daily News breaks a big story about BUILD and Ratner funding. - No Land Grab