Dole Opposes Spectrum Giveaway


Craig A. Johnson

The following is a reaction to Dole's announcement that he wants the
"advanced television" (ATV) spectrum problem resolved before the
telecom bill is taken up on the floor.

Richard posted my previous message, "Craig on Dole," on 16 January.
My response to Faye  Anderson's announcement below as well as Bill
Drake's will follow this.  Both of us were named by Anderson. 

Date sent:        Mon, 15 Jan 1996 15:22:29 -0500
From:             •••@••.••• (Faye M. Anderson)
To:               Multiple recipients of list <•••@••.•••>
Subject:          Dole Opposes Spectrum Giveaway

Dear Colleague,

Attached for your information is the Council of 100's Jan. 11
press release in support of Sen. Dole's call for an auction of the
digital broadcast spectrum.  Also attached is our letter to the editor
of The Washington Times which will be published later this week.

William Drake and others should not be surprised by Dole's position: A
mere cursory review of Dole's record would show his leadership and
lifelong commitment to protecting the public interest.  With respect
to spectrum giveaways, it bears remembering that Dole led the charge
to roll back the giveaway of three PCS licenses that the Clinton
administration had tucked in GATT in 1994.

Rather than question Dole's motives, the far more salient questions to
be asked are:  Where does President Clinton stand on this raw giveaway
of a public resource?  Does this scandalous form of corporate welfare
fall within the "values" he's protecting in the budget negotiations?  

The public interest community would be more effective it if quit
the Republican-bashing and looked for common ground with conservative
and moderate organizations such as the Council of 100.

Finally, don't believe the partisan and special interest hype.  The
issue is far from over.  And, contrary to Craig Johnson's assertion,
as members of the Technology Policy Council of Dole for President, we
can assure you that Dole is serious--it is the broadcasters who are

Drop us a line if you have any questions or commments.

Milton Bins <•••@••.•••>
Faye M. Anderson
Council of 100



For Immediate Release                          Contact:   Faye M.
Anderson January 11, 1996                                           
(202) 775-5496

                          COUNCIL OF 100 SUPPORTS HDTV 
                                SPECTRUM AUCTION

Washington, D.C.

The Council of 100 supports Sen. Majority Leader Bob Dole's call for
an auction of the digital broadcast spectrum.  The Federal
Communications Commission has estimated that such an auction would
raise between $11 billion and $70 billion; other estimates range
between $44 billion and as high as *$500 billion*.  The revenues
raised would be more than enough to bridge the differences in the
economic forecasts of the Congressional Budget Office and the Office
of Management and Budget that have led to two shutdowns of the federal

Council of 100 Chairman Milton Bins said, "A spectrum auction would
send a clear signal to the American people that the Republican
Congress will keep its promise to reform welfare and not just social
welfare programs.  Congress must take action to reform corporate
welfare as we know it.  The calls for shared sacrifice to balance the
budget by 2002 will ring hollow so long as special interests are
spared the budget ax.  Sen. Dole has once again stepped up to the
leadership plate to protect the public interest and end business as
usual in Washington."

Organized in 1974 under the leadership of the late Samuel C. Jackson,
the Council of 100 is an independent, national network of African
American Republicans headquartered in Washington, D.C.  The Council of
100's mission is to promote the economic and political empowerment of
African Americans through full participation in the two-party system.

   # # #

We want to commend Sen. Majority Leader Bob Dole for his outstanding
leadership and dogged determination to end welfare as we know it,
particularly an egregious and scandalous form of AFDC--Aid For
Dependent Corporations--that's included in the telecommunications bill
("Dole wants auction for HDTV in telecom bill," Jan. 11).

With the federal coffers bare and the Republican Congress calling for
shared sacrifice to balance the budget by 2002, it strains credulity
that the public interest will be served by giving away a resource that
belongs to the American people and is estimated to be worth between
$11 billion and $100 billion to subsidize some corporate fat cats. 
The proposed spectrum giveaway will create a new class of corporate
welfare kings:  television broadcasters.

The Republican Congress should protect the public interest and pull
the plug on this sweetheart deal.  If the Republican revolution is to
continue, Congress must heed the clear message that voters sent in the
1994 elections to end business as usual in Washington.  Otherwise,
voters will be left with a pretty clear picture that the only welfare
recipients the Republican revolutionaries want to get out of the wagon
are those who don't have an army of lawyers and lobbyists stalking the
halls of Congress demanding their turn at the pork barrel at the
expense of the American people.

Milton Bins

Faye M. Anderson
Executive Director
Council of 100
The Council of 100 is a national network of African American
Republicans headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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