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There remains a difference of opinion on just how many cards and letters came
into the Federal Communications Commission on the media-ownership proceeding,
with some, including commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps, saying
close to 750,000, and others, including chairman Michael Powell, favoring
500,000.

Either way, a large portion of those were from the National Rifle
Association.

According to Powell, some 300,000 were in the form of generally duplicative
postcards from the NRA.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.