By: The Associated Press
(AP) The Newspaper Association of America spent $250,000 in the first quarter lobbying the federal government on a law that would shield reporters in some cases from having to reveal confidential sources and other issues.
That’s down from the $290,000 that the group spent in the same quarter a year earlier and the $440,000 spent in the last quarter of 2009, according to Congressional disclosure forms.
The group, which represents nearly 2,000 newspapers in the U.S., lobbied the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on a proposed measure called the Free Flow of Information Act. The law would give journalists some protection from having to reveal confidential sources in court, a step that media organizations argue would encourage whistle blowers to help expose corruption.
The association also lobbied on legislation related to the Freedom of Information Act, which requires officials to release many government documents to the public.
In addition, the group lobbied on the Federal Communications Commission’s Future of The Media Project, an initiative to overhaul laws governing media ownership.