NPR Hires Lobbying Firm
July 23, 2012 at 5:04 AM (PT)
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO has hired NAVIGATORS GLOBAL to lobby for it on Capitol Hill, reports THE HILL. NPR is facing continued pressure from Congress over funding cuts and has been the subject of discussion by Republican lawmakers who favor cutting off all funding for public broadcasting.
Spokesperson DANA REHM told THE HILL that no taxpayer funds are being used to pay for the lobbying efforts, which, she said, is "part of our mission to represent the interests of NPR member stations to Congress, executive, regulatory and judicial bodies ... At a time when the federal government is running a large deficit, every program and function of the government deserves to be scrutinized, and a review of federal funding to public broadcasting is fair and to be expected," adding that the lobbyists will help "explain how the federal investment in public radio stations and larger public broadcasting system provides one of the most effective returns of any program authorized by Congress."