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STATIONERY SCANDAL LANDS SELIG IN HOT WATER
Published May 10, 1996
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).