Saturday, April 17, 2004

CNN, NBC, ... NRA? 

(via The Fulcrum) The NRA is setting up an internet radio operation, and has plans to acquire radio and television stations. Why? It seems this may be their way of getting around McCain-Feingold:

The NRA's media outlets will be financed by unlimited donations, known as "soft money".

Campaign finance laws ban the use of "soft money" for political advertising in the run-up to elections

"If you own a news operation," said [NRA executive vice-president Wayne] LaPierre, "you can say whatever you want. If you don't, you're gagged."

Experts say that the NRA might be able to sidestep campaign finance laws if it can convincingly show that it is running a media organisation.

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