Coalition battles overseas ad subsidies

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Taxpayers Against Promotional Subsidies are challenging the Market Promotion Plan, which benefits large corporations who receive millions of taxpayer dollars in overseas advertising subsidies. Companies involved in the program include McDonald's Corp. and E&J Gallo Winery. The coalition, which includes the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Humane Society, 26 legislators and more, wants to trim or possibly eliminate the Department of Agriculture program. Reps. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Richard Zimmer (R., N.J.) will offer an amendment to abolish funding early next week.

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