11 Jun

Don’t Let Congress Kill Transparency

Dear The McGlynn,

With their bottomless reserve of lobbyists and
money, broadcasters are betting they can muscle their way into Congress and
reverse a victory that tens of thousands of us fought hard to win.

And their bet has paid off. A House subcommittee
passed a provision stripping the FCC of the ability to provide online disclosure
of political ad spending on TV stations.

We need your help right now to stop Congress
from selling out our democracy:

Demand  Your Right to Know. Don’t Let Congress Kill Transparency.

In April, the FCC adopted new rules that require
broadcasters to make their political advertising files available online. The
decision was an enormous victory for anyone hoping to shed light on the shadowy
groups and Super PACs inundating local airwaves with misleading political

Yet as with any hard-won reform in the age of
big-money politics, this change is being attacked by unscrupulous members of
Congress who answer to fat-cat media lobbyists.

Don’t  Let Congress Sell You Out. Demand Online Disclosure of Political Ad Spending.

The National Association of Broadcasters paid
lobbyists nearly $14 million in 2011. And it’s spending millions more this year
on campaign contributions to Congress. But that’s a drop in the bucket compared
to the over $3 billion in political ad revenues that television stations stand
to rake in this election cycle.

The broadcast industry is pulling out all the
stops to bury information about political ad spending on the public airwaves.
What’s more appalling is that some elected officials are willing to help them do

Please  sign this letter to your members of Congress to demand that they serve the
public and not media lobbyists. In the post-Citizens United era, we
can’t let broadcasters hide their political profits.

With your help we can kill this before
it reaches the Senate.

Thanks for taking action,

Tim, Candace and the rest of the Free Press
Action Fund team

P.S. Last month’s victory against commercial
broadcasters was a milestone in the fight for accountable media. We defied every
ounce of conventional wisdom in Washington by proving that activists, bloggers,
consumer advocates and everyday people can join forces with Free Press to defeat
a corporate agenda. Help us protect that victory. Contribute to the Free Press Action Fund now.

Thank you!

1. Timothy Karr, “Reform in the Age of Corporate Lawyers,” Huffington
, June 6, 2012:

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