Some big bankers are pulling high-level strings to get help with their real estate problems.

When Fleet/Norstar Financial Group chairman J. Terrence Murray, Manufacturers Hanover Corp. chairman John McGillicuddy, and some other bankers met with President Bush last month, they suggested that any tax bill proposed by the White House should contain incentives to help banks and the government whittle their portfolios of bad and foreclosed real estate.

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