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STATIONERY SCANDAL LANDS SELIG IN HOT WATER

     Brewers President and acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig
admitted he "goofed" when he wrote fund-raising letters on team
stationery in support of State Sen. George Petak, according to
Daniel Bice of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.  Selig sent
letters to 167 friends and business associates encouraging them
to attend an April 23 Republican fund-raiser using Brewers
stationery -- a transgression since state law prohibits corporate
contributions to candidates.  Bice writes Petak's "last minute
change of heart" was instrumental in passing a bill for a new
Brewers stadium earlier in the year.  Selig reimbursed the team
$245.11 to cover postage, staff time and supplies, but said the
"use of that stationery was inadvertent and unintentional."
Elizabeth Erven, leader of a committee seeking Petak's defeat,
criticized Selig: "He is surrounded by attorneys.  He's a
corporate principal.  He's not a sixth grader raising money for
class president."  Ervin filed a complaint with the state ethics
board (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 5/9).
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