Congresswoman Betty McCollum Brings Back NASCAR Money Ban

The last time Congresswoman Betty McCollum attempted to ban federal funds to NASCAR, she started getting death threats via fax. So why on earth would the Minnesota Democrat want to try to revive that failed bill?

Maybe because if the federal government is going to cut aid to the poor under the guise of budget duress, they should come up with some frivolous funding to cut, too.

Via The Hill, Rep. McCollum stated, “The House recently ‘voted to eliminate funding for homeless veterans, slash community health centers serving low-income families and pass a fiscal year 2011 budget that would force 800,000 Americans to lose their jobs. Yet taxpayer-funded sponsorship of NASCAR racing teams was protected. I find this absurd.

But as much as constituents seemed to get unreasonable riled up about the idea of not funding racing, the military is fighting the ban on sponsoring the events just as hard. Spokespeople from the various branches and the guard called the sponsorships “bargain” rate advertising for recruitment in their target markets for much less than the cost of actual commercials at the various races, tournaments and venues. But one particular “bargain” event, which cost the Air National Guard about $645,000, brought back a total of 439 recruiting leads, according to the Hill, of which most were either non-valid or disqualified. The net result? Six “qualified” leads, priced at over $100,000 each.

Should McCollum’s new proposal pass, all contracts for sporting events worth more than $250,000 would have to be reviewed by Congress prior to approval. Last year, the Army alone spent over $12 million just on sponsorships of racing events.


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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

I agree with the Congresswoman. In these times, to give away our hard-earned tax money to frivolous events, is more than ludicrous. It is obscene. Race fans are die-hards, so I don't expect there to be much support for this, but I've wondered for years why we are wasting gasoline on this "sport" when we're in an oil crunch for everyday vehicles?! Wonder what the year will be when this sport becomes too expensive to do anymore.

Michael P.
Michael P6 years ago

"eliminate funding for homeless veterans, slash community health centers serving low-income families and pass a fiscal year 2011 budget that would force 800,000 Americans to lose their jobs."

But we have to keep funding a "sport". Brilliant.

Diane L.
Diane L6 years ago

NASCAR isn't going to go into the "twilight zone" if the public funds (goverment backed) aren't supporting a race car! There are far too many other sponsors and fans. Steven, I disagree with you 100% and especially that a race is "won" to support the troops. They want to win because of prize money.

STEVEN SPARKS6 years ago

How much money was wasted on the Democratic job stimulus she was a part of? The unemployment has not dropped it went up since that went into effect. If the money is cut off from NASCAR many race teams will be history, who employ 100's even thousands of workers inside and outside the shop. If the tracks go down they employ 1000 workers that often stay at the track year round, not including the additional thopusands employed for race weekends. NASCAR brings more money to towns and cities in immediate areas than stimulus ever could. Look at Bristol, TN. Betty is jealous that nobody wants to race in her state and why would they when they get no support from gov't.
Why would anybody support a person who does NOT support her country anyway, She forgets the Pledge of Allegiance. Every NASCAR event stands beside the military and fully supports the military and our country. NASCAR fans proudly display the colors of the flag even when winning a race to support the troops. The foundations of many drivers send money to the troops so whuy should'nt the DOD support the cars of NASCAR. They get so much more in return besides just recruits.

Ira L.
Ellie L6 years ago

This is so outrageous, like everything the repub/con/teabaggers are doing, I don't even want to discuss it further. All I can say is, Kudos to you Betty. America needs lots more people like you. Stand strong!

Micah M.
M M6 years ago

Good for her.

Carole Dunn
Carole Dunn6 years ago

I certainly don't want my tax dollars used to support any kind of sport. All the sports venues have plenty of money of their own, and it's so expensive to go to any sporting event these days, many people can't even afford it. To have their tax dollars going to support these teams and car races is like a slap in the face.

William Y.
William Y6 years ago

Why are taxpayers funding sporting events? This is absurd.

Danny W.
Danny Wilson6 years ago

Go Betty Go!