Money For Lobbying: Willie Brown Registers as Lobbyist

Former mayor Willie Brown is now a registered lobbyist.

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    Willie Brown is now officially a lobbyist.

    After often using his clout to get things done, the former San Francisco mayor is now also a card-carrying member of the lobbyist party, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Brown will wheedle in an official capacity on behalf of "high-rise developers" who are seeking to convince City Hall that they need not pay "$1 billion" for parks and other public amenities, the newspaper reported.

    Brown is often credited for using his influence to get current Mayor Ed Lee elected, and is often fingered as a power player in all kinds of deals -- but never so "officially" as now.

    Yes, Brown will be paid to help pare down the price Boston Properties will pay for its high-rises near the under-construction Transbay Transit Center (they agreed to $400 million; the price could now rise above $1 billion) -- and "handsomely," he expects.