NPR's Taxpayer-Funded Lobbyists; Liberal Public Radio Battles Congress with Your Money
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
National Public Radio (NPR) is using taxpayer dollars to pay for high-priced lobbyists to fight Republican efforts to prohibit federal funding for the broadcaster. Despite outrage over the openly liberal network receiving tens of millions of dollars in subsidies while government deficits are at record levels, NPR brass have engaged a new lobbying firm to keep the spigots flowing.
Immediately after the House voted to permanently defund NPR in mid-March, the network hired the well-heeled lobbying firm of Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano to represent it. The amount of taxpayer funds being paid to the firm won't be known until second-quarter lobbying reports are filed. However, in 2010, NPR spent more than $411,000 on its in-house lobbyists. On top of that, the Podesta Group, a Democratic lobbying firm, charged NPR $120,000 last year (though the firm was terminated at the end of March).
NPR has been under fire the past six months for its executives' actions and comments exposing their leftist agenda. In March, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller was forced to resign after her top fundraiser - NPR Foundation President Ron Schiller - was caught on video demeaning conservatives. An undercover video sting by James O'Keefe busted Mr. Schiller calling Tea Partyers scary, "seriously racis "and part of a"weird evangelical" movement. …