Military Advertising With NASCAR, Other Sports May Face Budget Axe

Image: Flikr/Rogerbarker2 The $26.5 million in public funds affixed to…

Image: Flikr/Rogerbarker2

The $26.5 million in public funds affixed to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s racecar in the form of a National Guard logo is an attractive target for lawmakers in the midst of a military budget squeeze.

But a U.S. House attempt to ban armed forces sponsorships of professional sports – co-authored by Jack Kingston, R-Ga. – has touched a nerve within NASCAR.

After the provision was included in a defense spending bill set to hit the House floor in the coming weeks, Earnhardt told reporters, “The Republican from Georgia, he hasn’t even been to a NASCAR race.” Last year when Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., brought up a similar proposal she received an anonymous faxed response calling her a “slut.”

Read more at The Ledger

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