Report: NPR Hires Lobbying Firm To Defend Public Funding
May 9, 2011 at 4:17 AM (PT)
NPR has hired a lobbying firm to defend its share of taxpayer funding in Congress, reports the DAILY CALLER. The hiring of BRACY, TUCKER, BROWN & VALANZANO was listed in a lobbying disclosure form filed with the Secretary of the Senate; the listing indicated that the firm was hired to work on issues regarding "funding for NPR and affiliate stations."
"It's astonishing that at [a] time we are looking to get a grip on out-of-control WASHINGTON spending, NPR is using hard-earned tax dollars to pay for a lobbyist to extract more tax dollars," REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE spokesperson SEAN SPICER told the DAILY CALLER, while Rep. DOUG LAMBORN (R-CO) said in an e-mail, "NPR's misguided attempt to buy goodwill on the HILL will go nowhere. The simple truth is, our government is broke and the gravy train has run out of steam. NPR ought to focus its efforts on replacing federal revenues with private donations."
BRACY, TUCKER, BROWN & VALANZANO's MICHAEL BRACY told the DAILY CALLER that his firm will concentrate on NPR's music programming, saying, "I think it's safe to say some policymakers aren't always up to date on how the music industry is working in the marketplace. We're just making sure that musicians, independent record labels and others who [provide music content to NPR] have their policymakers and delegation end up knowing how they work with NPR and public radio stations."