Reality TV cameras stop at Capitol steps

If Tareq and Michaele Salahi end up testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, Bravo will have to get creative if it wants to use the footage for “The Real Housewives of D.C.”

The Salahis’s participation in the reality show is still undecided, but there is plenty of fodder for the cable network to chose from if they include the couple (pictured here at a photo shoot on Tuesday).

If the network wants to use congressional footage, however, it will have to find other outlets to provide it.

“Commercial filming is not allowed,” a source said. No commercial footage is to be shot anywhere in the Capitol or on the Capitol grounds.

News programs, however, are allowed to film, which means Bravo could potentially get footage from sister network NBC.

Another option would be C-SPAN, whose cameras seemingly cover everything on Capitol Hill.

But there are no guarantees there, either.

“If Bravo wants to obtain C-SPAN footage of the hearing, they can request video through the C-SPAN Archives. All requests are considered on a case-by-case basis,” a C-SPAN spokesman said.

The state dinner crashers declined to testify at Thursday’s Homeland Security Committee hearing on last week’s security breach, which led committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) to call for a subpoena.

And if the Salahis end up before Congress, Bravo shouldn’t try to be sneaky about filming their testimony.

Remember Rep. Robert Wexler’s (D-Fla.) reality show “The Hill" a few years back? Aides in then-Speaker Denny Hastert’s (R-Ill.) office were not pleased that the Florida lawmaker allowed cameras in his office without asking permission. They threatened to pull the plug on the series, but the show went on.

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