Six months ago, during a routine Q&A segment at a campaign appearance, I made the assertion that WWE had not spent lobbying dollars in Washington. This was an honest mistake on my part, but it was a mistake nonetheless, and it's important to me that I correct the record and provide an accurate account.
Over the past 48 hours, I have sought to obtain a full and complete picture of any and all government relations assistance WWE has utilized over the years, WWE has utilized government relations firms to assist on several issues primarily relating to efforts to promote its Smackdown Your Vote initiative to encourage young adults to register and to vote, to facilitate its Tribute to the Troops effort to bring its brand of entertainment to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to attract armed services advertising on WWE programming.
Several days ago, my campaign, acting on the best-available information it had at the time, made the assertion that WWE "never sought to influence any particular piece of pending legislation.' In point of fact, WWE did register its opposition to legislation that would have restricted First Amendment rights with respect to programming, and part of that effort was facilitated through a government relations firm.
This unfortunate mistake on my part was not my first, and I am certain it will not be my last. But it's important to me that I set the record straight.