GOP senators ask FCC to relent on political-ad rule

Stations are already required to place this information in "public inspection files" that anyone can review in person. But the FCC rule change would require the information to be submitted online.

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Broadcasters have been required to make lots of information available to the public for 40 years, and much of it has been online for a long time. But since being added to the public file in 2002, political ad information has been allowed to stay out of the public eye.

The senators, including frequent FCC critic Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tea Party favorites Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform Overnight Energy: Reporters barred from Day 2 of EPA summit | Dems blame Trump for gas price increases | Massachusetts to get new offshore wind farm MORE (R-Ky.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate approves new sexual harassment policy for Congress Senators introduce bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy Senate reaches deal on new sexual harassment policy MORE (R-Mo.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTrump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform Denial of services to same-sex couples can harm their health GOP Senate primary heats up in Montana MORE (R-Utah) and John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanSenate panel unanimously approves water infrastructure bill Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA House lawmakers to unveil water resources bill on Friday MORE (R-Ark.), call the requirement to post the data online "excessive and unnecessary" when it is already available to anyone making an appointment. Citing "heavy compliance costs," they ask Genachowski to reconsider the proposal.

The FCC had not yet responded to The Hill's request for comment.