Did Free Press Fib to Rep Marsha Blackburn?

by Mike Wendy on February 18, 2012

Did Free Press, er, not come entirely clean, when it said last March in Congressional testimony (audio clip here) that it took no corporate / business funding, and then again 8 months later in responding in letter form to Representative Marsha Blackburn on same?

I ask because the following images / text from today’s Wall Street Journal seem to connect Phil Falcone’s floundering LightSquared project – which went on a $2.75 million lobbying spree last year to get FCC approval for the company’s novel wireless offering – to public interest groups like Free Press.

Notes the Journal (click image to enlarge):

Here’s one seeming result from those efforts:

A freebie? Free Press' and other PIGs' shout-out for LightSquared last summer

Yes, there’s a timing gap between the March testimony and the November letter.  But the November letter came after LightSquared’s (and Free Press’) summer lobbying activity, and there’s no mention in that statement of the Lightsquared-related involvement or activity.

Is Falcone the one funder that didn’t want to be disclosed to Congress, as excepted in Free Press’ November letter to Rep. Blackburn?

Is pushing corporate funds through foundations not taking money from businesses?

Do public interest groups like Free Press do anything for free?

Free Press, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do.

mickeywhite February 19, 2012 at 4:09 am

Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension., Supplemental Appropriations, Patriot Act Extension.

Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan, Libya Troop Withdrawal.

Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :

Mike Wendy February 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Hey, Mickey. I appreciate your posting, but I’m not sure how this relates to this story.

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