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Washington Football Team Hires Lobbyists To Defend Team Name

The Washington football team has hired McGuireWoods Consulting, a K Street NW lobbying firm, to defend the team's controversial name, according to a recently filed lobbying disclosure form. 

The new lobbyists were hired shortly after 50 Democratic senators sent a letter urging the National Football League to declare its support of a name change. (And the team's subsequent disastrous PR campaign responding to the letter.)

According to the filing, first reported by Politico, the lobbying firm will work on issues related to "discussions of team origins, history and traditions, Washington [Pigskins] Charitable Foundation and youth sports, [and] activities of Original Americans' Foundation."

McGuire Woods aren't the first spin masters on Dan Snyder's payroll: Democratic operative Lanny Davis and Republican pollster Frank Luntz are already working on the team's image and Snyder's quest to "NEVER" change the team's name from a word that dictionaries define as "usually offensive."

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • Native JD in DC

    You can't defend the indefensible.

  • Daniel

    Yeah, I don't think spin works that way. The problem is the name itself; as you as you keep it the problem remains.

  • Typical DC BS

    If Dan Snyder would just ignore these twits, they'd go away.

  • It’s about the money

    I actually think Dan's new strategy is to lobby for compensation to him for having to make the inevitable change.

  • Dan wants $ for the change

    But you can lobby for compensation for acceding to the indefensible.

  • Benjamon

    Can we hire lobbyists to convince Dan Snyder not to own the team anymore?