Amway Corp. confirmed Thursday it donated $1.3 million so the Republican Party can provide “unfiltered” coverage of its convention next month on cable television, a plan Democrats intend to challenge before the Federal Election Commission as illegal.
Amway gave the $1.3 million to the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau on the condition the bureau use it to purchase primetime viewing hours on televangelist Pat Robertson’s Family Channel during the GOP convention. The time will be used for party-coordinated coverage of the Aug. 12-15 convention, telecasts the Republicans are calling GOP-TV.
The Democratic National Committee charged Thursday that the arrangement was just a way to get around a federal ban on corporations buying television time for political parties. “This is a blatantly illegal contribution to the Republican National Committee,” said spokeswoman Amy Weiss Tobe.
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