THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Salt Lake City, Utah) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release February 27, 1998
TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
February 27, 1998
Dear Chairman Kennard:
Yesterday's defeat of comprehensive campaign finance reform legislation in the Senate makes it even more imperative that the Federal Communications Commission act to provide free and reduced rate airtime to candidates and take any other steps that would reform political debate over the public airwaves.
I applaud your previous decision to take the next steps toward providing such free and reduced rate time. The issues surrounding such a proposal are complex; there are a variety of ways to proceed, and the views of all interested parties should be considered. But I continue to believe that providing such airtime is the critical next step to strengthen our democracy, improve our political system, and give voters the loudest voice.
I strongly oppose any effort in the Congress to block your ability to take the next important steps for reform. Yesterday's defeat means that it will be virtually impossible for the Congress to move forward on campaign finance reform. The Congress should not make matters worse by actively blocking your progress.
The most realistic next steps for reform will come from the actions of regulatory agencies, acting within their legal authority, to renew our democracy. I thank you for your leadership and pledge to work with you as you move forward.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON THE WHITE HOUSE