Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. urged the Bush White House to appoint former staffer Howard Waltzman as a FCC commissioner, in a press announcement released April 29. Waltzman was a member of Brownback's

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. urged the Bush White House to appoint former staffer Howard Waltzman as a FCC commissioner, in a press announcement released April 29.

Waltzman was a member of Brownback's staff from 1995 - 2001. He first served as a legislative assistant, then director of communications and finally as general counsel in his office.

The press announcement says Waltzman worked on “major pieces of telecom legislation” including the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-252), the Broadband Internet Regulatory Relief Act and the Third-Generation Wireless Internet Act.

Waltzman, according to the press release, moved to the House side in 2002, where he became Chief Telecommunications Counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Not mentioned in the announcement is that Waltzman also worked for Empower America, whose board of directors includes high-profile conservatives William Bennett and Jeanne Kilpatrick. He was also press secretary for Newt Gingrich confidante, former Rep. Gary Franks, R-Conn.

Waltzman was one of the architects of the House version of the Broadcast Decency Act, which would hike broadcast indecency fines to $500,000.

Former boss Brownback, a conservative who has been a constant critic of the media and the entertainment industry's marketing of grownup fare to children, is also the author of the Senate bill to increase broadcast indecency fines.

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