Groups Ask Senate Not To Block FCC's Online Political File Order For TV Stations
June 14, 2012 at 4:54 AM (PT)
A coalition of 19 groups sent a letter to the U.S. Senate to ask Senators not to use a funding block to thwart the FCC's new online TV political file order, reports MULTICHANNEL NEWS.
The groups, including COMMON CAUSE and FREE PRESS, are asking the Senate not to follow in the footsteps of the House Appropriations Committee's Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, which voted last week to block implementation of the rule; the House move goes to a full committee vote as early as next week.
FREE PRESS Sr. Policy Counsel CORIE WRIGHT told MULTICHANNEL NEWS' JOHN EGGERTON that the letter was a "preemptive effort to try to dissuade any member who may be considering" a block similar to the House action to block the order, which requires the "big 4" network TV affiliates in major markets to post political advertising information online. The rule does not apply to radio at this time, although the Commission may extend the rule to radio at a later date.