April 18, 2000
Kennard Defends FCC's Lobbying Efforts
source: Radio Business Report
During last week's House vote on Rep. Mike Oxley's (R-OH) anti-LPFM measure, Republican supporters of the bill accused the FCC of illegally lobbying Congress by faxing papers to members, explaining why the bill should be defeated. Federal law prohibits the FCC, an independent agency, from lobbying Congress. FCC Chairman Bill Kennard has sent a letter to House Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA), defending his agency's actions. "I believe it is important to inform you that the Commission scrupulously adheres to the Department of Justice's guidance concerning" lobbying by independent agencies. According to Kennard, the DOJís guidelines under the Anti-Lobbying Act allows government employees to "communicate directly with members of Congress and their staffs in support of Administration or department positions." Tauzin has said that he will ask the DOJ to investigate the FCC's actions.
posted on April 18, 2000 12:39 PM