April 16, 1997 in City

Allen Spends $1 Million On Stadium Campaign

Compiled From Wire Services

If money talks, prospective Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen must be screaming at the Legislature.

In the past two months, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft has spent $1 million on his campaign to persuade skeptical lawmakers to approve a financing plan for a new football stadium, according to finance reports filed with the state in recent days.

Allen has spent $560,000 on two television ad blitzes, $313,000 on consultants and public relations and $152,000 on a grass-roots effort to rally public support.

Allen has promised to give Washington voters the final say on the $425 million project in June, but that won’t happen unless a standoff in the House is resolved soon. A majority of the 98 House members oppose a proposed tax on licensed sporting goods that would provide a significant chunk of the public’s $325 million share.

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