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CPB Skirting Law by Campaigning for Own Funding

John on March 8, 2011 at 11:11 am

CPB’s day just keeps getting worse. In addition to the NPR video released by Project Veritas, which has now led to the firing public castigation of Ron Schiller, there is a story in today’s Washington Times about the legality of doing things like this:

That’s WQED’s website. As you can see, they are directly advocating that viewers lobby the Senate on behalf of themselves. Here’s the problem with that:

legal scholars said the stations could run afoul of a law that prohibits recipients of taxpayer money from using it to influence the government.

Hans A. von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a former Justice Department lawyer, said the law in question used to apply only to federal employees but under a 2002 change it now covers all organizations that receive federal money.

Note: I originally wrote that NPR has fired Ron Schiller, but he announced he was leaving last week. Had he not been scheduled to leave, he’d be leaving anyway.

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