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REPORT HAS BEAVER'S GROUP DONATING $200,000 TO CAMPAIGN

          Final spending reports for the NC MLB ballpark
     referendum last month in the Triad area showed that ballpark
     proponents spent $899,000 on the campaign, "while the
     opponents -- and victors -- raised $33,000," according to
     Robert Lamme of the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD.  Ballpark
     supporters spent about $16.26 for each vote cast in support
     of the tax, while opponents of the tax spent "approximately"
     $.34 cents per vote.  The ballpark initiative failed by a
     "nearly" 2-to-1 margin on May 5.  The ballpark supporters,
     Vote Yes For MLB, received two contributions of $50,000 from
     NC Major League Baseball (NC MLB) in the last few days
     before the election.  NC MLB is led by NC business exec Don
     Beaver, who heads an ownership group looking to bring an MLB
     team to the state.  NC MLB contributed "at least" $200,000
     during the campaign.  Vote Yes For MLB received 99% of its
     contributions from corporations (NEWS & RECORD, 6/16).

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