It might be an all sports session at the Capitol this year.

The Minnesota Timberwolves this week contracted with five lobbyists to do Minnesota lobbying, according to registrations filed with the Minnesota campaign finance board.

The lobbyists  -- led by Paul Cassidy and including Amber L Backhaus, Andrew H Chelseth, Jeremy Estenson and
Kelly Wolfe -- are heavy hitters, as a review of their clients will attest.

The Target Center, the Wolves Minnesota home, was built 20 years ago. Recently the city of Minneapolis, which owns the Target Center, lobbied for money to improve the venue.

Meanwhile, the Vikings have long had an aggressive lobbying presence at the Capitol in hopes of replacing the their Metrodome home. The team also added three to their lobbying arsenal this week.

The Twins, which already got a new stadium, appear to have just two registered lobbyists and the St. Paul Saints also have two.



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