|For Immediate Release
December 15, 2011
Manassas, VA – NRB filed Comments today with the FCC, urging the Commission to reject mandatory Internet disclosure by television stations of “political files” and information related to issue-advocacy organizations.
“We traveled down a similar road before,” says NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright, “when the 111th Congress was considering the DISCLOSE Act. “That legislation would have done something comparable to what the FCC is now seeking to do via fiat – namely, to disclose sensitive information on the identities of politically active citizens. Current FCC disclosure mandates are more than adequate, making these new proposed regulations ill-conceived because they would make ordinary Americans – who just happen to be active in a particular political cause – vulnerable to targeted attacks by individuals or groups that disagree with them.”
Craig Parshall, NRB’s Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, agrees. “The debacle that occurred in California with Proposition 8 proves our point,” Parshall notes. “The state process there required Internet posting of the identities of supporters of Prop 8 who favored traditional marriage. But those web-listings made those individuals a target for a concerted campaign of threats, reprisals, and in some cases – violence. The First Amendment provides citizens with the right to privacy in their political, social, and religious associations. With all the concern now on Capitol Hill over Internet privacy, this proposal stands out in a stark and disturbing contrast.” To read the filing, click here.
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