From The Columbus Dispatch

The National Association of Broadcasters has asked a federal appeals court to block new rules that would force broadcasters to reveal online who is paying for political-campaign ads and how much they are shelling out.

The Federal Communications Commission adopted the rules last month in an effort to provide insight on campaign spending ahead of November’s congressional and presidential elections.

The broadcasters group filed a petition for review on Monday with the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, charging that the rules are arbitrary and capricious, violate free-speech protections in the U.S. Constitution and go beyond the FCC’s statutory authority.

The group said the requirement to publish online political-advertising contracts and the rates stations charge would “directly and adversely impact NAB and the broadcasters whose interests it represents.”

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