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NAB Files Motion to Block FCC Political Ad Rule

July 3, 2012

The original version of this story incorrectly stated where the stay was filed. It was filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

The National Association of Broadcasters filed a motion on Tuesday to stop a Federal Communications Commission rule requiring television stations to post information online about political ad spending.

The FCC said earlier on Tuesday that the rule, which it adopted in April, will go into effect Aug. 2. In response, the NAB filed a stay with the FCC to try to keep the rule from going into effect.

The FCC says the rule will provide more transparency about political spending and provide consumers with better access to information that broadcasters are already required to provide. The information about how much political candidates spend on TV ads, however, is currently available only in paper form at the TV stations.

"We believe the rules are arbitrary and capricious, and that it is fundamentally unfair to require only local TV stations to reveal sensitive advertising rates online while our cable and Internet competitors are given a free ride," NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton said.

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