League of Fans - Washington D.C. Action!

NO DC taxes for baseball!

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Nader to DC Chief Financial Officer: Is stadium "cap" ironclad with no loopholes, or not? (2/15/06)
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Statement of Ralph Nader on the DC CouncilÝs Baseball Stadium Giveaway (2/8/06)
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League of Fans, BetterDeal4DC: Council Action to Cap Stadium Costs is a Sham! (2/8/06)
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League of Fans, BetterDeal4DC urge DC Council to reject 'revised' stadium lease which continues giveaway to MLB (1/28/06)
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League of Fans' Washington Post letter to the editor on baseball stadium lease negotiations in DC (1/11/06)
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League of Fans signs open letter to DC Council Chair Linda Cropp urging a "NO" vote on baseball stadium lease (12/15/05)
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Ralph Nader - Testimony before the DC Council regarding stadium lease and financing (12/13/05)
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Ralph Nader - Testimony before the DC Council regarding stadium financing (11/28/05)
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Nader Calls for DC Council Oversight on Stadium Project (10/24/05)
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Ralph Nader Asks DC Mayor Anthony Williams to Renounce Backroom Stadium "Boondoggle," Urges "Openness and Candor" from "Preoccupied" Leader (7/19/05)
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League of Fans Supports DC School Advocacy Rally to Protest "Millions for Stadiums, Peanuts for Schools" (4/11/05)
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Ralph Nader's op-ed suggesting that if D.C. is going to pay for a new baseball stadium, D.C. should own the team (1/9/05)
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Ralph Nader and League of Fans call for Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Relocation Committee Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf to stop trying to intimidate DC Council into withdrawing amendment to stadium bill (12/17/04)
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Ralph Nader's letter to DC Council Chair Linda Cropp applauding her for standing up to Major League Baseball's bullying of the District of Columbia (12/17/04)
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League of Fans Urges DC Residents to Continue Stadium Fight! (12/9/04)
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Ralph Nader's letter to DC Councilmembers condemning legislative irresponsibility and fiscal recklessness of stadium plan, asks for independent review of costs before vote (11/23/04)
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Neil deMause, co-author of Field of Schemes, testimony (as presented by Shawn McCarthy, League of Fans) against bill to publicly-subsidize a baseball stadium in Washington DC (10/28/04)
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League of Fans' testimony against bill to publicly-subsidize a baseball stadium in Washington DC (10/28/04)
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Ralph Nader - Baseball in DC˝YES! Public Financing˝No!: "Lucrative deal for fat-cat owners is corporate welfare run amok," Nader says (10/11/04)
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League of Fans urges citizens and fans to tell D.C. leaders: NO PUBLIC FINANCING FOR A STADIUM. BASEBALL OWNERS SHOULD PAY FOR A STADIUM, SO TAXES CAN BE USED TO MEET THE CRITICAL NEEDS OF RESIDENTS (10/11/04)
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Ralph Nader's op-ed opposing corporate welfare for Major League Baseball in Washington D.C. (8/23/04)
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League of Fans, others in "NO DC taxes for baseball!" coalition warn MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB Relocation Committee Chair Jerry Reinsdorf of the strong opposition to taxes being used for a stadium in D.C. (7/2/04)
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League of Fans joins NO DC taxes for baseball!, a coalition of DC residents and organizations who oppose public financing of a baseball stadium in Washington DC (7/1/04)
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Ralph Nader and League of Fans' statement on the announcement that the President of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission is stepping down (10/6/03)
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Ralph Nader and League of Fans urge D.C. Council to use savings from convention center refinancing for public needs not a baseball stadium (8/28/03)
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Ralph Nader and League of Fans urge D.C. Mayor to ask for resignation of Sports Commission president and redefine goals of the agency (8/21/03)
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Ralph Nader, League of Fans and D.C. Organizations ask MLB Commissioner Selig to eliminate push for taxpayer dollars as basis for baseball relocation (7/16/03)
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Ralph Nader's op-ed column on Major League Baseball's plan to shake down D.C. taxpayers for a new stadium (7/13/03)
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League of Fans' "GOOD SPORTS / BAD SPORTS" email bulletin. Topics: 1. "Bears football presented by Bank One"; 2. Stadium naming rights; 3. Corporate welfare for stadium in D.C. (6/26/03)
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League of Fans' testimony against a taxpayer-subsidized baseball stadium in Washington D.C. (6/12/03)
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League of Fans endorses petition opposing a taxpayer-subsidized baseball stadium in D.C. (6/2/03)
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League of Fans' testimony against a taxpayer-subsidized baseball stadium in Washington D.C. (4/2/03)
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Ralph Nader tells Washington D.C. government to put Books Before Baseball (3/21/03)
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Ralph Nader's letter to the editor opposing a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium in Washington D.C. (12/23/02)
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Ralph Nader's statement to D.C. Council members opposing possible taxpayer subsidized baseball stadium (7/7/99)
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Ralph Nader's "In the Public Interest" column explaining how the barriers collapsed in Washington when the Redskins won the Super Bowl (2/3/83)
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(Complete List of Actions)

Media Coverage

Harry Jaffe, "Nader puts on his Washington baseball cap," Washington Examiner, February 17, 2006. (Letter)

"Ralph Nader to CFO on Baseball Cap," TheMail (DC), February 15, 2006. (Letter)

"City Caves to Baseball Moguls," Progressive Review, February 9, 2006. (Statement)

Michael Neibauer, "Critics pan reworked Nationals stadium deal," Washington Examiner, January 29, 2006. (Release)

Neil deMause, "Meet the new lease...," Field of Schemes, January 29, 2006. (Release)

Shawn McCarthy, "Who's at Fault in the Stadium Standoff," Washington Post, January 11, 2006. (Letter)

James Jones, "Play Ball," Washington City Paper, December 16˝22, 2005. (Testimony)

David Nakamura and Thomas Heath, "Baseball Opposes Moving Stadium," Washington Post, December 14, 2005. (Testimony)

Derrill Holly, "Baseball won't support RFK site," Associated Press, December 13, 2005. (Testimony)

"Ralph Nader: Testimony before the DC city council regarding baseball stadium financing," DC Watch, November 28, 2005. (Testimony)

"RALPH NADER SCORES NO HITTER AGAINST STADIUM LOBBY," Progressive Review, October 25, 2005. (Washington D.C.)

"Nader Calls for DC Council Oversight on Stadium Project," Common Dreams, October 24, 2005. (Washington D.C.)

"Ralph Nader asks DC Mayor Anthony Williams to renounce backroom stadium "boondoggle," urges "openness and candor" from "preoccupied" leader," DC Indymedia, July 20, 2005. (Washington D.C.)

"Ralph Nader - Letter to Mayor Anthony A. Williams on baseball stadium," DCWatch, July 19, 2005. (Washington D.C.)

"RALPH NADER WRITES MAYOR WILLIAMS," Progressive Review, July 19, 2005. (Washington D.C.)

Petula Dvorak, "Residents at Second D.C. Hearing Reinforce Stance Against Stadium," Washington Post, May 17, 2005, p B04. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

"'Millions for Stadiums, Peanuts for Schools'," DCist, April 15, 2005. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Bryan Bender, "In nation's capital, baseball reaches home," Boston Globe, April 15, 2005. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Steve Ginsburg, "Big-League Baseball Finally Returns to U.S. Capital," Reuters, April 14, 2005. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

"Washington is ready for some baseball - but is everybody?," San Jose Mercury News, April 2, 2005. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Dave Zirin, "Pro sports ownersÝ extortion scam: Stadium swindle," Socialist Worker, January 21, 2005, p 11. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Ralph Nader, "Green Bay on the Potomac: Why D.C. Should Own the Nationals," Washington Post, January 9, 2005. (action)

S.A. Miller, "Cropp hit for 'caving' to MLB," Washington Times, December 23, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Benjamin Grove, "Nationals back in business," Las Vegas Sun, December 22, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Edward Epstein, "D.C. baseball proposal back on track Council approves financing plan for new ballpark," San Francisco Chronicle, December 22, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Sally Jenkins, "Baseball's Mind Game," Washington Post, December 21, 2004, p D01. (Letter to Selig and Reinsdorf) | (Letter to Cropp)

"Stirring the Pot: Sporting Raiders and Name Droppers," Press Action, December 21, 2004. (Letter to Silig and Reinsdorf)

Thom Loverro, "Ballpark talk out of this world," Washington Times, December 21, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Dave Gibson, "D.C. Chooses Sodomy Over Baseball," American Daily, December 20, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Matthew Cellaand S.A. Miller, "Playing for keeps," Washington Times, December 19, 2004. (Nader's letter to Cropp)

"Nader's letter to DC Council Chair Linda Cropp applauding her for standing up to Major League Baseball's bullying of the District of Columbia," DC Indymedia, December 17, 2004. (action)

"Nader and League of Fans Call For Major League Baseball to Stop Trying to Intimidate DC Council," DC Indymedia, December 17, 2004. (action)

Adrienne Washington, "It wasn't Cropp who was throwing a curveball," Washington Times, December 17, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Michael Zitz, "Will Northern Virginia get last baseball laugh?," The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA), December 17, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Mark Segraves, "Sex Industry Funded Campaign Against New Stadium," WTOP News, December 17, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

"Sex industry battles DC stadium," United Press International, December 17, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Eric Fisher, "Ballpark opponents down to last strike," Washington Times, December 10, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

"Anti-Stadium Campaign Urges Action," Washington Post, December 10, 2004, p B03. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

"Foes of Baseball Deal Still Hope to Defeat it," Associated Press, December 9, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

"League of Fans Urges DC Residents to Continue Stadium Fight," DC Indymedia, December 9, 2004. (action)

Adrienne Washington, "Stadium foes hold on to wisdom of Yogi Berra," Washington Times, December 3, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Manny Fernandez, "Loss of Largesse Doesn't Surprise Library Backers," Washington Post, December 1, 2004, p B01. (action)

Michael Zitz, "Nats get D.C.'s nod," The Free Lance-Star (Fredricksburg, VA), December 1, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Adrienne Washington, "Mayor's bucks for baseball contrasts with past," Washington Times, November 30, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Diana Winthrop, "Is it time for Ambrose to go?," The Common Denominator, November 29, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

"Statehood Greens Urge Public Support for Protester Arrested at Stadium Rally," D.C. Statehood Green Party, November 29, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

"Baseball Oponents Push for Two Votes To Defeat Plan," Associated Press, November 29, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Brett Zongker, "D.C. Council to Vote on Baseball Financing," Associated Press, November 29, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Sarah Frank, "Baseball back in political mix," Chicago Tribune, November 27, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

S.A. Miller, "Baseball foes wage fight to the finish," Washington Times, November 24, 2004. (action) | (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

"Nader Writes Letter to DC Councilmembers Condemning Legislative Irresponsibility and Fiscal Recklessness of Stadium Plan," DC Indymedia, November 23, 2004. (action)

Dave McKenna, "Even the Losers," Washington City Paper, November 19-25, 2004. (action)

James Dao, "In Washington, a Delay on the Road to Baseball's Return," New York Times, November 10, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

David Nakamura, "New Stadium Bill Adds Community Fund," Washington Post, November 3, 2004, p B01. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Scott Shane, "Nader Fires Election Day Salvo at Democrats," New York Times, November 3, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

Janice D'Arcy, "Weary Nader Ends Quest In Near Isolation," Hartford Courant, November 3, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball!)

David Nakamura and Lori Montgomery, "Cost Estimate on Stadium Jumps," Washington Post, October 28, 2004, p. A01. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign)

David Nakamura, "170 Sign Up to Speak At Baseball Hearing," Washington Post, p. B01, October 27, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign)

Eric Fisher, "Hearing may affect D.C. stadium bill," Washington Times, October 26, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign)

"D.C.'s Corrupt Mayor Wants to Give Away $440 Million While Schools Rot," The Progress Report, October 26, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign)

David Nakamura, "Crowd Demands Services, Not Stadium," Associated Press, p. B01, October 26, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign) | (action)

Derrill Holly, "Major work lies ahead at RFK," Associated Press, October 21, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign) | (action)

David Nakamura, "Stadium Support Seems Solid," Washington Post, p. B01, October 20, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign)

Denise Barnes, "Critics assail ballpark plan," Washington Times, October 17, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign)

Barry Svrluga, "For Expos, Next Year Starts Now," Washington Post, p. A01, October 15, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign)

"Baseball in DC˝YES! Public Financing˝No!," DC Indymedia, October 11, 2004. (action)

S.A. Miller, "Barry works to 'kill' ballpark," Washington Times, October 8, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign) | (action)

David Nakamura, "Coalition Vows to Fight Stadium: Education, Homelessness Are More Pressing Priorities, D.C. Group Says," Washington Post, October 6, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign) | (action)

S.A. Miller and Eric Fisher, "Protesters decry ballpark plan," Washington Times, October 6, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign) | (action)

"Council Majority Backs Proposal -- With Reservations," Associated Press, October 5, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign) | (action)

"Opposition Vows To Fight D.C. Ballpark Deal," Associated Press, October 5, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign) | (action)

Anne Keisman, "Eastern gateway has hazy future," Loudoun Times-Mirror, October 5, 2004. (No DC Taxes for Baseball Campaign) | (action)

S.A. Miller, "Groups unite to oppose stadium in DC," Washington Times, October 5, 2004. (action)

"RALLY AND CALL-IN TO FIGHT $440 MILLION GIVEAWAY FOR A BASEBALL STADIUM," DC Indymedia, October 1, 2004. (action)

Lori Montgomery, "Baseball Backers Assailed," Washington Post, August 26, 2004, p. D02.

Ralph Nader, "Ballparks, corporate welfare," Washington Times, August 23, 2004. (action)

Linda Leaks, Parisa Norouzi and Shawn McCarthy, "Evans' 'plan' for baseball leaves out wishes of D.C. taxpayers," Washington Business Journal, August 20, 2004, p. 55. (action)

"Statement by Ralph Nader and League of Fans on the Announcement that the President of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission is Stepping Down," DCWatch, October 6, 2003. (action) / (action)

"Nader's Statement on DCSEC President's Announcement," Common Dreams, October 6, 2003. (action) / (action)

Brian DeBose, "Sports advocates target Goldwater," Washington Times, August 22, 2003. (action)

"Ralph Nader and Shawn McCarthy of the League of Fans ask Mayor Anthony Williams to request the resignation of Bobby Goldwater, president and executive director of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission," DCWatch, August 21, 2003. (action)

"Ralph Nader takes mound for Oregon in baseball debate," KATU TV (ABC-Portland, OR), July 25, 2003. (action)

Garth Woolsey, "Lessons learned at public trough," Toronto Star, July 22, 2003. (action)

Eric Fisher, "Nader shifts fight to D.C. baseball," Washington Times, July 20, 2003. (action)

Ralph Nader, "Baseball's Stadium Shakedown," Washington Post, July 13, 2003, p B07. (action)

The Kojo Nnamdi Show, "Baseball in Washington," Audio, National Public Radio (WAMU-Washington DC), June 11, 2003. (action)

David Nakamura, "Put Books Before Baseball, D.C. Library Backers Say," Washington Post, March 21, 2003, p B03. (action)

Ralph Nader, "Baseball Shouldn't Strap the City," Washington Post, December 23, 2002, p A18. (action)

Dave McKenna, "Unfair at Any Fee," Washington City Paper, February 23, 2001, p 17.

Rudolph A. Pyatt Jr., "Finally, Planning Won't Be A Dirty Word in the District," Washington Post, July 12, 1999. (action)

Ralph Nader, "When the Redskins made all barriers collapse in Washington D.C.," syndicated column: In the Public Interest, February 3, 1983. (action)
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(Complete List of Media Coverage)

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