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Whether Appropriations May Be Used for Informational Video News Releases

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The “covert propaganda” prohibition in appropriations statutes does not apply where there is no advocacy of a particular viewpoint, and therefore it does not apply to the legitimate provision of information concerning the programs administered by an agency, such as through an informational video news release.

A recent, contrary opinion of the Comptroller General is not binding on the Executive Branch.

Updated March 15, 2016