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Published October 17, 2012
CAMPAIGN SEASON: In N.Y., Chris Bragg wrote, “In its effort to build a $300 million soccer stadium in Queens, Major League Soccer is playing to win.” Records show that "between March and June, MLS spent more than $612,000 on a slew of prominent New York City lobbying firms to handle various elements of the effort." The targets of the lobbying efforts "include local community boards, the City Council, the Economic Development Corp. and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.” Included in that amount was “$464,000 to HR&A Advisors, a real estate and economic development consulting firm.” A source said that much of what was paid to HR&A “was not for only lobbying but also for more technical aspects of the project” (CRAINSNEWYORK.com, 10/15).