Jack Kingston wants a military ban on NASCAR sponsorships

The House Appropriations Committee today passed a defense bill that includes $3 billion more than proposed by President Barack Obama.

But thanks to U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, the bill also bars the Pentagon from spending money on sporting events – whether NASCAR, the Braves or the Savannah Sand Gnats — for recruitment purposes. From The Hill newspaper:

The amendment was proposed by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) last year, but this time Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) took up the proposal, which prohibits military funding sponsoring semi-professional and professional sporting events.

Kingston said in committee that cutting sports sponsorship funding — which is used for recruiting efforts by the military — was a “great place to send a signal” as the military cuts its budgets, as well as 100,000 troops.

Defense subcommittee chairman Bill Young (R-Fla.) said he did not support the amendment because the military should be visible in the community, but it was adopted on a voice vote.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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13 comments Add your comment

zeke

May 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

republicans know they will need military to protect them from the people soon

David

May 17th, 2012
3:51 pm

Only in Washington is increasing the budget $3 BILLION “sending a signal” that the military cuts its budgets too.

Danny O

May 17th, 2012
3:56 pm

I like it. Spend that money on training and care for our hard-working military personnel.

nihilst

May 17th, 2012
3:59 pm

who cares were all gonna die

Dumb and Dumber

May 17th, 2012
4:25 pm

OK, how about cutting funding for the boondoggle to dredge the Savannah River?

Oh, that’s pork that Jack wants.

The 99% are all losers

May 17th, 2012
4:41 pm

Still cheaper than Obozocare. In other news, turns out the birthers were right after all.

99%

May 17th, 2012
4:47 pm

Birthers= wrong! Still!

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Dirty Dawg

May 17th, 2012
11:03 pm

If Kingston is so deadset against the value of advertising, and the spending of taxpayer dollars for it, then he shouldn’t object to some campaign spending rules that bans all advertising for campaigns and candidates relying solely on debates and public broadcasting to get the word out…that way they’ll have a hellofa time justifying campaign contributions, AKA legalized bribery, and maybe then we’ll find out who the honest ones are.

The goobernator

May 17th, 2012
11:14 pm

Yep, I bet he would approve of military contributions to Superpacs!

findog

May 18th, 2012
9:04 am

Cut $20M for NASCAR but keep billions for star wars and planes we do not need, boats we cannot crew, and over speced trucks that factories will not warranty

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