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Pioneer Profiles: George W. Bush's $100,000 Club
Name: Joseph J. O'Donnell
Occupation: CEO, Boston Concessions Group
Industry: Miscellaneous Business
Home: Boston, MA

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O’Donnell operates food concessions at sports and entertainment facilities in some 30 states. He is a good friend of Boston mayor Thomas Menino and put ex-Menino Chief of Staff David Passafaro on his payroll. Menino has been raising objections to plans floated by Gov. Paul Cellucci and the owners of the Boston Red Sox to charge taxpayers up to $320 million for a new Sox stadium. The mayor says he is opposed to hitting up taxpayers for so much money. The rumor mill has suggested an ulterior motive: that the mayor is fronting for O’Donnell, who could buy the Sox at a lower price without a new stadium deal. Menino and O’Donnell say this is hogwash and O’Donnell says he has no interest in buying the Sox. Stay tuned.

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