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Lobbyists for David Beckham soccer stadium register with Miami-Dade school board


A team of lobbyists has registered with Miami-Dade County public schools to represent soccer star David Beckham in his quest for a tax-free stadium in South Florida. 

Seven representatives of Miami Beckham United filed their paperwork with the school district this week. 

The lobbyists are: Thomas Spencer Crowley, Peter L. Dame, Russell B. Hale, Neisen Kasdin, Timothy LeiwekeFrancesca Leiweke-Bodie and Andres G. Mendoza

Last week, the school district emerged as a surprise key player in negotiations to bring Major League Soccer to Miami. Beckham's team is looking to partner with a county-wide government so that he can build a stadium without having to pay taxes. The plan had originally been to partner with Miami-Dade County -- not the school board.

The shift to the school board has prompted political finger-pointing. School board member Raquel Regalado is running for county mayor and her father -- the mayor of Miami -- also holds an important role in negotiating a deal with Beckham.