Congresswoman wants to end military's NASCAR sponsorships
The National Guard logo is displayed all over popular NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car, cap and fire suit.
February 16th, 2011
08:24 AM ET

Congresswoman wants to end military's NASCAR sponsorships

A member of Congress wants to end the military's sponsorship of NASCAR race teams, saying it's a waste of taxpayers' money.

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minnesota, is offering an amendment to the 2011 House budget bill to ban the sponsorships, which her office said has cost the military $100 million over the past 10 years, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The National Guard sponsors Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team, the Army sponsors Ryan Newman, and the Air Force sponsors AJ Allmendinger, according to HamptonRoads.com.

"I would challenge the Pentagon to give me one example of someone today in Iraq or Afghanistan who saw the Go Army car going around the racetrack and that's why they joined the Army," Bill Harper, McCollum's chief of staff, told HamptonRoads.com. "It may be the reason why they go to Home Depot but not necessarily Afghanistan."

McCollum is in her sixth term and serves on the House Appropriations and Budget committees.

"NASCAR fans are the kind of people who fight America's wars, which would put into question the wisdom of banning the military's ability to reach out to them," NASCAR spokesman Randy Poston said in the HamptonRoads report.

More than 400 amendments to the budget bill have been offered. To become part of the law, they must survive subcommittee and committee votes as well as passage by the full House and Senate, followed by the president's signature.

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  1. Sue

    Go head Dems.......Start targeting/attacking the military, and see how far that gets you. $100,000 million over 10 YEARS-that is all that was spent. Again, keep it up Dems.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ne'

    Probably supported by some redneck white republican!

    this is ridiculous! $100 million? $10 million a year?! makes me sick! but NOOOOOOOO deprive people of unemployement, healthcare or any other actual purposeful program! this is absolutely disgusting.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fittinguy

    The NASCAR sponsorship is used as part of the recruitment budget. They have offices in every major city in America. I believe this is money well spent.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. abdullah

    You american people are ignorant and stupid, with car or tank or plane you will all die our brother Osama will bomb you even if you have nascar, your end is near infidels

    February 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Denni

    It's probably pretty cost effective advertising for the military since a disproportionate percentage of the military personnel come from Southern state.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JB

    Hey – good idea – – and maybe she'd consider stopping our funding of the UN ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    February 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. abdullah

    Nascar is for stupid americans, you all die soon

    February 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Take that toilet rag off your head – – it's spoiling your freeloading opportunities.

      February 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JB

    And our funding of the UN ? ! ? ! ? ! ?
    How's that help recruiting ? ? ? ?

    February 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Susan

    I thought the idea of sponsorships was awful, until I read the post by someone named Dee who says that sponsoring Nascar tells those serving our country that we are keeping "America American." Now I'm really sick to my stomach. How about NASCAR sponsors the military? People join the military for a job – these days – that's a real win. Taxpayers don't need to pay for their hobby too.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. abdullah

    I buy american woman for 15 dinar very cheap in my country we pay 40 dinar

    February 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ilya Landa

    "NASCAR fans are the kind of people who fight America's wars"
    God help us

    February 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      then why dont you fight for american, if you think its bad for them to fight for your freedom, god help us if you fight for us

      February 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paul MN

    The military has an advertising budget. If you want to reduce their budget, that's fine. Let the military determine where they think their advertising dollar is best spent. They may possibly conclude that a NASCAR sponsorship is a more efficient use of their advertising dollars and they should reduce the number of TV ads. Let them decide.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rev Mike

    Yes why would we want our youth to think about defending this country? Aren't we sending the keys to China soon?

    February 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    So 10 million a year is spent sponsoring, why not just cut some of the poloiticians pety cash funds by half and I am sure that will make up for it, I mean Pelosi saw fit to give them a raise during the "greatest recession since the depression"(Obama quote).

    February 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. abdullah

    American problem is your black people and your stupid music, black always rob

    February 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      whoa, calm down

      February 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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