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Opinion: Lobbying firm hired to defend NFL team's racist mascot

Proud to Be: One-minute version of NCAI video aired during NBA finals game on June 10, 2014, thanks to ad buy from Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

Writer says the battle over NFL team's racist mascot gets even more political:
The battle over the Washington Redskins' horribly racist name and logo has reached K Street.

Politico has obtained documents revealing that the team hired lobbying firm McGuireWoods Consulting to work on "discussions of team origins, history and traditions, Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and youth sports, activities of Original Americans' Foundation" -- all of which seems like a lot of work to convince people your racist name isn't racist.

The lobbying disclosure was filed May 29, just a week after 49 Democratic U.S. senators sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell calling for the league "to formally support and push for a name change for the Washington football team." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid endorsed the letter, but two of the five Democrats who didn't sign it are from the state where the Redskins are incorporated: Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia.

The letter was circulated by Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state, who made the questionable decision not to ask any Republicans to sign on. John McCain -- a Republican who represents Arizona, a state with a significant American Indian population -- had previously stated that he "would probably change the name," and told Politico that he would "probably" have signed the letter had he been asked.

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