The Minnesota Vikings spent about $115,000 lobbying state lawmakers in the first five months of this year, according to reports filed with the state Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
Most of it was reported by the team's vice president of public affairs and stadium development, Lester Bagley, who led efforts to secure state approval for public funding for a new stadium.
I'd like to see some sort of disclosure of how much the anti-stadium folks spent on lobbying this past session, but I have a strange feeling that we're not really privy to that kind of thing. My guess is that it would be significantly more than $115,000, though. Call it a hunch.
But $115,000 to ensure the Minnesota Vikings' long-term future in Minnesota? Might be the single best investment the Wilf family has ever made. Of course, I don't know a whole lot about the other investments the Wilf family has made, but even if I did, I'll admit I'm biased enough where I would have made the same declaration.