Today a House subcommittee voted to defund a Federal Communications Commission initiative announced in April that would provide online access to spending for political ads on some local television stations. In the current election cycle, outside spending has already reached record levels, more than doubling what was spent as of the same date in 2008.
The provision, inserted into the financial services appropriations bill, would add to the uncertainty around the FCC’s political ad disclosure rule, which is in limbo. The National Association of Broadcasters, a group that represents the major broadcast media companies, sued the FCC to try to block it two weeks ago. The Office of Management and Budget has yet to approve the rule, which at the earliest would not go into effect until next month.
What have I been saying, people? It’s fine to try to go after Citizens United via a Constitutional amendment but more immediately we need to go after our broadcassters, which is where this money ends up. They want the system broken! They’re getting rich off of it! And they’re doing it on our dime, because for the most part it’s the public airwaves.