Nearly three years ago, the Media Access Project asked the FCC to step up and bring accountability to political ad spending. The FCC chairman at the time, Julius Genachowski, chose not to act on this common-sense reform. More recently, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, nearly derailed Tom Wheeler’s confirmation to replace Genachowski as FCC chairman over this issue. With Wheeler now at the helm, the FCC has a renewed opportunity to act, and it should.
In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over its government.”
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., is ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology . Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps leads media reform efforts at Common Cause.