NAB spends $3.4M in Capitol Hill lobbies


The National Association of Broadcasters had a busy year in Washington, working the corridors of power in the House and the Senate on behalf of broadcasters. It has disclosed to Congress that it spent $3.41M in pursuit of favorable outcomes on a wide range of legislative issues that went before Congress in 2010.

NAB listed its general issue area as communications/broadcasting/radio/TV and named the many NAB employees who took part in various efforts.

Among the issues of concern were:

* issues relating to retransmission consent

* issues relating to what used to be known as the minority tax credit for certain broadcast transactions, which
the NAB new refers to as a credit for “new entrants”

* CALM Act

* Local Community Radio Act

* 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

* Radio Spectrum Inventory Act

* Voluntary Incentive Auctions Act

* Free Flow of Information Act

* Spectrum Management and Policy Reform Act

* Public Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act

* a bill making technical corrections to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

* Restoring American Financial Stability Act (concerning FTV advertising rulemaking authority)

* A resolution, Conference Report to Accompany the Restoring American Financial Stability Act

* Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act (media advertising)

* Performance Rights Act

The NAB’s report can be read here.