Billionaire oilman Phil Anschutz (photo at right), owner of the Examiner, was the subject of a story Thursday in the Chronicle by Tom Chorneau about how he paid a $20,000 consulting fee to Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Los Angeles, one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers. The Chronicle says Anschutz gave Murray the money at a time when Murray was pushing legislation aimed at providing more taxpayer assistance in the construction of sports and entertainment venues. Anschutz, whose fortune stems from oil, trains and telephone companies, owns the LA Kings hockey team, Staples Center and five professional soccer teams. It’s believed that he is seeking an NFL franchise. Murray’s bill, which is still pending, would free up state funds for building sports and entertainment arenas.

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