Albany Times Union: Time Warner Gave Free Time to HRC Before NY SSM Vote


The Albany Times-Union's Capital Confidential blog:

Time Warner Cable gave advocates of same-sex marriage $70,846 of free airtime this spring, a disclosure form shows.

The television giant aired advertisements produced by the Human Rights Campaign as part of its “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” series during March and May, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for same-sex marriage in a statewide tour.

... initially, Time Warner considered the ads to be public service announcements, according to Susan Leepson, a regional vice president for communications at the company.

Leepson and Amirshahi also said TWC initially sought money from HRC to cover the fair market value of the airtime, but HRC was disinclined to pay.