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49ERS GO OVER THE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION CAP
Published October 24, 1995
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).