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PAUL ALLEN'S TEAM GETS GRILLED IN OLYMPIA
Published January 31, 1997
Paul Allen's lobbying team seeking $300M for a new Seahawks stadium was greeted at the WA Legislature yesterday with a "barrage of queries and doubts," according to Rachel Zimmerman in today's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. The five- member group -- Football Northwest Vice Chair Bert Kolde, head lobbyist Bud Coffey, and Allen pointman Bob Whitsitt -- appeared before the Trade and Economic Development Committee, and the session's "adversarial tone was immediately evident." Rep. Dawn Mason asked why no women or "people of color" were on Allen's lobbying team. Rep. Velma Veloria, whose district encompasses the Kingdome, asked how many people on welfare would get jobs out of the project and Rep. Jim Dunn asked why Allen didn't appear before the committee himself. Committee chair Steve Van Luven: "Why is Paul Allen, the third-richest man in America, asking the public to help build this facility?" Coffey countered: "Do you want professional football? Do you want local ownership? If you do, you cannot find a better owner than Paul Allen" (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1/31).