CAGW’s Porker Of The Month

Porker Of The Month: FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

FCC Chairman Kevin

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin Porker of the Month for using FCC funds to sponsor a NASCAR driver from his home state.  The FCC will pay $355,000 to sponsor David Gilliland’s number 38 car, owned by Yates Racing, for three races, in order to raise awareness about the upcoming switch to digital television in February.  Even though the commission has inundated networks with paid announcements for months, Martin considered it necessary to use additional taxpayer dollars to pay for the car and driver to bear slogans such as “Is Your TV Ready for Digital?”  Not only does this expenditure show poor judgment, Martin moved forward without consulting all of the FCC commissioners. The underlying motivation for the contract has also raised eyebrows.  The next President is generally expected to replace Martin as FCC Chairman, after which he may attempt to launch a political career in his home state of North Carolina, where Gilliland is based.  For using taxpayer funds on an unnecessary project, diverting focus from more important telecommunications concerns, recklessly spending without consulting his peers, and attempting to use his influence to shore up his own political prospects, CAGW names FCC Chairman Kevin Martin the October 2008 Porker of the Month.  Read more about the Porker of the Month.

Chairman Martin was nominated by President George W. Bush to a Republican seat on the Commission, and was sworn in on July 3, 2001. He was designated chairman by President Bush on March 18, 2005. Chairman Martin was re-nominated for a second term as commissioner and chairman by President George W. Bush on April 25, 2006.

Before joining the FCC, Martin was a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. He served on the Bush-Cheney Transition Team and was Deputy General Counsel for the Bush campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Martin was an advisor to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. He has also served in the Office of the Independent Counsel and worked as an associate at the Washington, DC law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding. Before joining Wiley, Rein & Fielding, Martin was a judicial clerk for U.S. District Court Judge William M. Hoeveler, Miami, FL.

Martin received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

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