Congress people to FCC: “Put political files online.”

letter-to-tomTwo representatives and a senator have written to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler requesting that the requirement to post political file materials online be extended to include radio and cable and satellite TV.

Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA)—ranking member of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee and retiring ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee respectively—have joined Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)—senior member of the House Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee—in the letter, which says, in part, “It’s imperative that the FCC expand its online filing requirement to cable and satellite operators, as well as broadcast radio licensees.” Such a move, they say, “would provide the public with a simple and straightforward means to access public information that is already disclosed in each operator’s political file. This action is especially important given that the political file can shed light on the expenditures of outside groups that are not subject to oversight by the FEC.”