MORE U.S. LOBBYING DISCLOSURES

MORE U.S. LOBBYING DISCLOSURES

The mandatory disclosures of U.S. lobbying payments continued this week, revealing that Major League Baseball was a big hitter, paying $420 000 in the first half of 2007 to the lobbying and law firm Baker & Hostetler LLP.


2007-08-28

Major League Baseball spent $420 000 in first half of 2007

The mandatory disclosures of U.S. lobbying payments continued this week, revealing that Major League Baseball was a big hitter, paying $420 000 in the first half of 2007 to the lobbying and law firm Baker & Hostetler LLP.

Pro baseball commissioner Bud Selig's office paid the company to lobby the federal government on a range of issues that included steroid abuse, cable and satellite television law, foreign immigration.....and Internet gambling, according to the disclosure form posted online by the Senate's public records office.

Under a 1995 federal law, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.

The Baker Hostetler declaration reports: "Baker Hostetler is helping MLB address uniquely 21st century issues. We led a successful legislative effort to ban Internet gambling on professional sports. We’ve helped teams navigate increasingly complex Immigration restrictions to bring talented players to the U.S. And, in the wake of the BALCO controversy, we are working with both House and Senate committees to develop legislation that would regulate the use of steroids in professional sports."

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