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GIANTS IN THE POLITICAL SCENE? TEAM HIRES LOBBYISTS

     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).
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