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49ERS GO OVER THE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION CAP

     The 49ers and team CFO Keith Simon were fined a total of
$60,000 by the CA Fair Political Practices Commission for
reimbursing team employees for contributions to former S.F. Mayor
Art Agnos' unsuccessful '91 re-election campaign, according to
today's S.F. CHRONICLE.  The reimbursements were seen as
circumventing the city's contribution limits.  Commission Chair
Ravi Mehta:  "What is so disappointing is that the 49ers are
leaders in the community and our youth look up to them, and this
is not the way to do business."  49ers President Carmen Policy
called the offenses "technical campaign violations" and expressed
disappointment the Commission went public without mutual
agreement.  The deal states neither 49ers owners nor Policy knew
about the contributions (Susan Yoachum, S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/24).
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