Monday, April 12, 2004
Letter to Center for Public Integrity: Requesting Inquiry of FCC Fine Collections
I am writing to ask that you investigate the routing of fines collected by the FCC. First, what is the mandate for the collection of this money and in turn how is it spent? Second, with the increased tendency to levy fines, are these procedures being followed properly? Finally, in case you're not quite sure of the motivation for such an investigation, consider that Clear Channel has recently paid record amounts without insisting on the customary appeal process. Clear Channel executives and the corporation itself have a long history of financial support for Mr. Bush and the Republican party as a whole. During this election year, eagerly paying fines that are then easily misdirected would be a clever way to skirt campaign finance limitations.
I look forward to the results of your investigation.
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