In a nationally broadcast speech to the National Press Club in Washington today, Postmaster General Marvin Runyon urged more freedom for the postal service to price its services competitively. The postmaster general's speech drew attacks from the newspaper and parcel shipping businesses. United Parcel Service CEO James Kelley accused USPS of "thumbing its nose" at the free enterprise system. The Newspaper Association of America attacked a $15 million USPS ad campaign promoting direct mail, accusing USPS of using money raised from first-class mail users "to promote one form of advertising over another."
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