Group Pushes For Stronger Lowest Unit Rate Rules
February 3, 2010 at 4:28 AM (PT)
The CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER, a group that advocates campaign finance reform and enforcement of campaign and media law, is proposing that the Senate strengthen lowest unit rate laws for broadcast political advertising and that Congress should offer "broadcast vouchers" for political candidates to match small-dollar contributions.
The proposals are included in the group's plan for a "legislative response" to the CITIZENS UNITED v. FCC case that led to the SUPREME COURT lifting limitations on corporate and union political donations.
In a letter to Senate Rules Committee Chair Sen. CHARLES SCHUMER (D-NY), Exec. Dir. J. GERALD HEBERT suggests that the FCC "should, as part of their ongoing proceedings on public interest obligations of digital broadcasters, also look at ways to ensure that candidates have access to the publicly-owned airwaves so their messages are not drowned out by a political cacophony among many special interest players."
Read the letter by clicking here.