Eye on DC’s subway ads

The “Capital Eye” newsletter from the Center for Responsive Politics wrote about the strange ads for Navy ships, Army aircraft, and other military technologies...

The “Capital Eye” newsletter from the Center for Responsive Politics wrote about the strange ads for Navy ships, Army aircraft, and other military technologies that defense contractors run in Washington’s Metro subway system. Probably only in Washington is a subway rider likely to encounter an ad for the Boeing tanker aircraft, for example.

Capital Eye writer Anne Riley raises the questions of whether such ads should technically be considered lobbying and thus be listed in reports companies are required to file twice a year with the Senate Office of Public Records. Defense companies tell Riley no, these ads are intended to “raise general awareness” and don't just target specific individuals with authority over contract decisions, such as legislators or Pentagon officials.

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