Lobbying with Tax Dollars

In reaction to the controversy of National Public Radio’s dismissal of Juan Williams for his comments on Fox News, many prominent politicians have alleged that NPR lacks objectivity and should no longer receive federal money.

Taking it one step further, an article in the Washington Examiner points out that NPR uses its public money and donations to lobby Congress for further appropriations and that its lobbying spending rose sharply during the beginning of the Great Recession.

A variety of taxpayer-funded organizations and institutions have federal lobbyists or are clients of lobbying firms.  Examples include:

Finally, most federal agencies have congressional affairs departments to help steer the executive branch’s agenda through Congress.  And since federal employees are already part of the government, they do not have to report their interactions with members of Congress as private lobbyists would.

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