The House Committee on Government Reform's Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources will hold a hearing about the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign at 9 am on July 11 in room 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Scheduled to testify at the hearing is Dan Forbes of Salon.com, who broke the payola scandal story and drug czar Barry McCaffrey.
The NORML Foundation filed a complaint in February with the Federal Communications Commission alleging the ONDCP's program offering millions in advertising dollars to networks that include anti-drug messages embedded in programming without public disclosure may violate federal anti-payola laws. The FCC sent formal inquiries to five major networks in April and after reviewing the network's responses, the FCC asked NORML to provide formal comments. NORML filed those comments this week.
For more information, please contact Tom Dean, Esq., NORML Foundation Litigation Director or Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director at (202) 483-8751.