Sen. Feingold Presses FCC For Payola-Probe Update
November 1, 2006 at 4:04 PM (PT)
Sen. RUSS FEINGOLD has sent a letter to FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN to inquire about the status of the agency’s investigation into possible violations of federal payola laws.
"I hope this request will prompt the FCC to make a clear statement that it will not tolerate payola in any form, in order to close any supposed loopholes," Feingold said. "I urge the FCC to build on [NEW YORK] Attorney General ELIOT SPITZER's investigation and assert its authority to prevent payola to the fullest extent possible.
"Radio listeners should not have to worry whether a song was played because the station manager got a free laptop or because the station’s parent company is producing the artist’s upcoming concert I look forward to hearing from Chairman MARTIN about his efforts to end abuse of our public airwaves."
A copy of FEINGOLD’s letter is available here.