Indy TV stations cash in on gun control debate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Indianapolis television stations have made more than $300,000 by airing commercials in favor of gun control.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports ( ) about $230,000 made by local TV stations in recent months came from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group. Another $100,000 was spent by the Virginia-based Americans for Prosperity on ads criticizing the economic and other effects of federal policies.

Mayor in the Indiana cities of Angola, Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Gary, Muncie and South Bend belong to Bloomberg's coalition.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, a Republican, did not join the group led by independent Bloomberg. Ballard's spokesman says the mayor prefers to stay out of federal legislation and focus on local issues.

Political battles can be a blessing for TV station budgets.

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