NPR, PBS campaigns to keep federal funds called unlawful

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    Mar 09, 2011 4:50 PM GMT
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    NPR and PBS stations nationwide are rallying their audiences to contact Congress to fight against Republicans’ proposed spending cuts, but some affiliates’ pleas may violate laws preventing nonprofits or government-funded groups from lobbying.

    Interrupting popular programs, the stations air warnings that cuts could end beloved children’s television shows such as “Sesame Street.” Some stations urge their audience to call and let Congress know their feelings, while others go further, instructing viewers to “stop the Senate” or “defend federal funding” for public broadcasting.

    The ad campaigns are a direct response to House Republicans’ push to eliminate all Corporation for Public Broadcasting funds for the rest of the fiscal year. Democrats have fought the cuts and President Obama asked for $451 million for CPB in his 2012 budget request — a $6 million increase.

    But lawmakers and conservative critics argue the stations are breaking two laws, one that prohibits using taxpayer-funded grants to petition Congress for more taxpayer money and the other that bans nonprofits from doing much lobbying of any kind.
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    I'm sure you don't understand the American system of law, being Canadian and all, but both of these charges are ridiculous and more smear-mongering from the Right.

    NPOs are permitting to lobby on non-legislative issues, and given that NPR receives less than 6% of its funding from government sources (most of which require private matching grants to pay for the total project), the likelihood that any of that money is being used in this effort is nil.

    I'm not a big NPR fan but it serves a public good in having actual journalism on the air.
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidI'm sure you don't understand the American system of law, being Canadian and all, but both of these charges are ridiculous and more smear-mongering from the Right.

    NPOs are permitting to lobby on non-legislative issues, and given that NPR receives less than 6% of its funding from government sources (most of which require private matching grants to pay for the total project), the likelihood that any of that money is being used in this effort is nil.

    I'm not a big NPR fan but it serves a public good in having actual journalism on the air.


    Not exactly sure riddler is Canadian. I do not think he has never said.
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
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    Christian73 saidI'm sure you don't understand the American system of law, being Canadian and all, but both of these charges are ridiculous and more smear-mongering from the Right.

    NPOs are permitting to lobby on non-legislative issues, and given that NPR receives less than 6% of its funding from government sources (most of which require private matching grants to pay for the total project), the likelihood that any of that money is being used in this effort is nil.

    I'm not a big NPR fan but it serves a public good in having actual journalism on the air.


    Not exactly sure riddler is Canadian. I do not think he has never said.


    He is and has said so. You probably don't realize it because SouthBeach just rails against other Canadians and leaves riddler alone.
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    Mar 09, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
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    Christian73 said
    I'm not a big NPR fan but it serves a public good...


    ... for the Democrat party.


    Incorrect.

    It's called journalism. But given the sources you cite, I'm sure you're unfamiliar with it.