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. abdullah

    Americano we don't eat ham but thank you you made me feel better

    February 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anonymous

    Very unpatriotic on a number of levels and as others have pointed out, it's not a waste of taxpayer money as it's used a recruiting tool as well as paying tribute to the men and women of our armed forces.

    February 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jesse

    i wonder what her stance is on abortion funding?

    February 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MIKE

    YOU KNOW, IF PEOPLE WERE A LITTLE MORE OBSERVANT, THEY WOULD REALIZE WE ARE TALKING 10 MILLION A YEAR IN ADVERTISING. THIS IS THE CONCERN. REALLY. THEY USED 100 MILLION TO MAKE IT LOOK BAD, BUT IF YOU READ IT, THATS OVER 10 YEARS. YES 10 YEARS. THATS 10 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. BIG FRICKEN WHOOPTY DOO. AND I'M SURE THERE ARE POEPLE THAT HAVE JOINED BECAUSE THEY ARE NASCAR FANS. ALONG WITH THE COMMERCIALS, AND THE RECRUITERS THEY PAY. I WONDER HOW MANY AND HOW MUCH THEY PAY RECRUITERS. I BET ITS PUSHING THE 10 MILLION A YEAR. THEY NEED TO FOCUS ON LARGER SPENDING LIKE SHE EVEN SAID HERSELF AND I'M SORRY BUT 10 MILLION A YEAR IS NOT A LARGE SUM COMPARED TO THE BILLIONS WE HAVE ALREADY DUMPED INTO THIS NEVER ENDING WAR FOR, WHATS THAT... OIL. OOPS, DID I SAY THAT.

    February 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jesse

    i wonder what her stance on abortion funding is!

    February 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WillieWill

    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.

    I mean is this why America is so separated. nascar fans are the kind of people who fight america's wars? This disturbs me on so many levels that I can only say to do away with all the war mongoring and lets get down to the business of peace. i mean the last time I looked I did not see many minorities at a nascar race, yet I look across our military and I see a whole lot of minorities!! I mean what gives here? football fans, basketball fans, soccer fans are not the kind of people that fight Americ'a wars? No I am just mad! "f" nascar and their ism ridden fan base and executives. and for the record, nascar is not a sport it is an activity not a sport. I mean golf is more of a sport than nascar! And Bochee too!!!

    February 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Willy

    The military spends money advertising for the all volunteer force. If sponsorship money is voted down then take a look at pre race/game flyovers and air shows, all of which cost taxpayer money.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tacjam

    The first place that needs to be cut is Social Welfare for illegal immigrants! Cali spends $10.2B annually on people that shouldn't even be here. Having the Military spend their advertising budget on the biggest spectator sport in America..well it got the U.S. Army 42,000 leads at the races last year.....that's quite a bit for a service fighting a war in an all volunteer Army.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tacjam

    LOL....Democrats are so stupid, the very crowd they're trying to capture they alienate. Their is a reason the Democratic Convention will be in South Carolina in 2012....great move genius. No chance of passing the other Dems will RUN from this..hahahah

    February 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Slotracer

    $100 million to recruit a handful of NASCAR fans? As a taxpayer, I protest! This is an outrage!!
    NASCAR soldiers.... no wonder we can't find Bin Laden... they only know how to turn left.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    NASCAR is a complete waste of oil and other resources and should be completely banned. Look at the gas and oil alone wasted by the 1000's of people just getting to the event. I'm sure they aren't car pooling or taking a bus.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zakia103

      and how do fans get to and from stick and ball sports and other sporting venues?? Why just single out NASCAR? Many NASCAR fans come for the entire week by camping right at the track-it's not just a one day event like other sports, so many, many people use that week as their family vacation time.

      February 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rs

    Hmm..Let's end political sponsorships. Special interest money hurts the country much more than armed services marketing.
    But we all know the thieves wearing the nice suits and the nice dresses won't be turning down money any time soon.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Don

    @CSMinDC The US navy and the air force is larger than China; 15million men is just the army. US even have more ground equipment (tanks and etc) than China.

    February 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eric- Portland, Oregon

    Seems to me that too many folks ignre the addage of "those that stick their heads in the sand (like this congress critter) tend to get breach loaded".

    February 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scarlett

    What I would really like to see is Congress becoming a little more like NASCAR. At least the NASCAR drivers wear the logos of the companies that have paid for them to be there. It would be refreshing to have that much transparency in Congress. And the military advertises at NASCAR for the same reason they go into impoverished neighborhoods and set up video game displays at fairs and such. All those educated, well-to-do kids have "other priorities". They support the troops 100% by putting those patriotic bumper stickers on their BMW's, though ...

    February 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • wonderwall

      Good point here.

      February 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
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