|DATE:||August 26, 2019|
|TO:||USF & NRA Members and Friends|
|FROM:||Marion P. Hammer|
|USF Executive Director|
|NRA Past President|
Although some news outlets have reported stories that have attempted to show that I did something wrong, I thought you should see one story that attempted to be fair and accurate. The following news story is under the headline:
Senate clears Marion Hammer of wrongdoing after compensation reporting probe
Some news outlets and reporters have become defacto lobbyists and lobbying organizations hiding behind the First Amendment in an attempt to destroy those who fight to protect the Second Amendment. A few remain loyal to reporting news, not manipulating and manufacturing it.
Below is a statement I provided to the press:
"I, of course, am pleased that this matter has been concluded. I have been a registered lobbyist since 1974. That is not and never has been a secret. I have never told anyone that I was not a lobbyist. When lobbyist firm filings first became required in Florida, I diligently sought out advice from the General Counsel of the Florida Senate to ask whether I needed to file anything differently than I had been doing for 30 plus years. I was told that I did not have any additional filing requirements as a lobbyist. Thus, in good faith I relied upon that advice. As the filings are a non-issue to me, I would have done so all along had I been so informed. However, I am less than happy that the officials handling and commenting on these matters did not highlight the important point that I did not do anything wrong except rely on the advice of counsel."