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 PaulRand PaulTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Rand Paul takes victory lap on GOP health bill MORE (R-Ky.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Roy BluntRoy BluntTop Dems prep for future while out of the spotlight Overnight Healthcare: Pressure mounts for changes to GOP ObamaCare bill Pressure mounts for changes to ObamaCare bill MORE (R-Mo.), Mike LeeMike LeeGOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill How 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation Overnight Finance: Senators spar over Wall Street at SEC pick's hearing | New CBO score for ObamaCare bill | Agency signs off on Trump DC hotel lease MORE (R-Utah) and John BoozmanJohn BoozmanSenate Republicans eyeing alternative tax reform plan Lawmakers fundraise amid rising town hall pressure A guide to the committees: Senate 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.