In last week’s story of National Association of Broadcaster campaign contributions, we noted that among the beneficiaries of the NAB’s generosity were prominent members of the two Commerce committees. Notable exceptions, we thought, were Senate Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and House Ranking Member Joe Barton (R-TX). We have learned that these two gentlemen were not exceptions at all. Donations were made to their respective PACs, giving them discretion to reallocate the cash as they see fit. This is said to be a common practice when assisting a candidate who is either not running in a given year, as is the case for Inouye, or who is running in an ironclad safe district, as is Barton.
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