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Meet Big Bird’s Lobbyist

15th October 2012

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Big Bird’s lobbyist is a thoroughgoing Washington insider, with extensive government connections extending back many years—and now he’s trying to keep Big Bird’s nest lined as federal funding for public broadcasting has come under scrutiny.

Patrick Butler is the president and CEO of the Association of Public Television Stations, or APTS. The mission of APTS, according to its website, is to conduct “advocacy, planning, research and communications activities” to make public television “strong and financially sound,” a mission that led the New Orleans Times-Picayune to label him “one of Big Bird’s lobbyists.”

Butler also leads the Public Media Association (PMA), a joint advocacy venture between NPR and APTS meant “to respond to the current federal funding crisis on behalf of public broadcasting,” according to a NPR press release last year.

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