House GOP Seeks To Block FCC On Political Ads [View all]
(06-06) 11:43 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) --
Republicans controlling the House moved Wednesday to block a new Federal Communications Commission rule requiring TV stations to disclose online information about political ad buys by candidates, political parties and outside groups.
The FCC adopted the rule in April over protests from the nation's broadcasters, who especially objected to having advertising rates disclosed online. The information is already publicly available, but only if one visits a TV station in person to examine it.
The effort to block the FCC rule comes on a bill to fund the agency. It was approved by a House Appropriations panel by voice vote after Democrats lost a party-line vote to strip the FCC provisions from the underlying bill.
House Democrats opposed the move and accused Republicans of seeking to shield large, GOP-leaning political groups from having to reveal information about their ad buys and tactics.