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GOVERNMENT WANTS PIECE OF WORLD CUP PROFITS

     Members of a House Subcommittee want to place "a lien on
profits from this year's World Cup, pending the reimbursement of
$14 million in federal funds that were spent on security for the
event."  Reps. Earl Hutto (D-FL) and John Kasich (R-OH) sent
letters to Attorney General Janet Reno and Defense Secretary
William Perry asking that they "investigate the possibility of
freezing the $60M surplus generated by the tournament."  In 1993
and 1994, Congress "authorized the expenditure of up to $21M to
assist  local law enforcement agencies in the nine cities hosting
World Cup matches."  Hutto and Kasich ask that "before any profit
or bonuses are dispersed, the taxpayer deserves a refund."  Both
were reportedly upset about the $7M bonus and compensation
payment to World Cup Committee chief Alan Rothenberg (Steve
Berkowitz, WASHINGTON POST, 10/22).
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