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GIANTS IN THE POLITICAL SCENE? TEAM HIRES LOBBYISTS
Published April 20, 1995
The S.F. Giants and the developer of a possible ballpark in the city's Mission Bay area have been paying two "well-known" lobbyists "big bucks" to advance plans for a new ballpark, according to a report in the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER. According to financial disclosure statements filed by the lobbyists for the first three months of '95, the team and Catellus Devlopment Corp. have paid out a total of $21,500 to lobbyists Marcia Smolens and Jack Davis. San Francisco voters have twice voted against a new stadium, and according to the EXAMINER, some activists are "already vowing to fight any new plan, particularly if public financing is involved." Giants VP Larry Baer: "We need to work with people who understand the political and governmental side of the issue." Baer added that the team has hired different consultants to work on "a variety of angles," including, architecture, financing and political issues (Rachel Gordon, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 4/20).