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In early 2012, right wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh spent 3 days attacking a Georgetown law student for speaking her mind before a Congressional panel about birth control and health insurance.

Here's some of what he said about Sandra Fluke:

Susan Fluke … so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills.

What does that make her?  It makes her a slut right?  It makes her a prostitute!  She wants to be paid to have sex

Ms. Fluke...Who bought your condoms in the 6th grade?

She’s having so much sex it’s amazing she can still walk.

Random hook-ups that these babes are encountering here … having sex nearly 3 times a day.

Ms Fluke and the rest of you FemiNazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex...then we want something in return, Ms. Fluke, and that would be the videos of this sex posted online so we can see.

Limbaugh's disgusting assault and the ensuing lack of consequences set off a wave of outrage.  Groups like the Flush Rush Facebook community filed complaints, others started petitions and well known feminists published editorials, all calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take some kind of action--any kind of action--to let it be known that sexually-tinged assaults and creepy requests for online pornography were NOT ok on our public airwaves.

                          The FCC didn't lift a finger.

Why?  After all, the FCC's own guidelines state that

It is a violation of federal law to air obscene programming at any time. It is also a violation of federal law to air indecent programming or profane language during certain hours. Congress has given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the responsibility for administratively enforcing these laws. The FCC may revoke a station license, impose a monetary forfeiture or issue a warning if a station airs obscene, indecent or profane material.
So why did the FCC not find Limbaugh's rant in violation of standards of obscenity?  

According to a story that emerged in Clear Channel's hometown San Antonio today, Clear Channel is spending about $4 million dollars a year on lobbying--the lion's share of that amount devoted to shaping FCC policy and practice.

A closer examination of Clear Channel's lobbying report reveals that one of the "Specific Lobbying issues" Clear Channel lobbyists pressed officials on was

Congressional oversight and legislative proposals regarding broadcast decency enforcement.
Is it any wonder that a ragtag group of outraged citizens and activists with empty pockets couldn't get even a simple response from the FCC when Rush Limbaugh's handlers are carrying briefcases full of money to Washington?
This story may yet have a happy ending.  Clear Channel's reliance on money has turned out to be its Achilles heel.  That same ragtag group of activists has created a sustained, remarkably effective campaign aimed at educating advertisers on the Rush Limbaugh Show of exactly what kind of content their brands are being associated with when their ads play on the show.  Over 2,600 have elected to remove their ads, driving down the rates Clear Channel can charge advertisers, and replacing a stable of household brands with ads for erectile dysfunction medicines and USB sticks that magically suck all the viruses out of your computer.

Slowly but surely, money is leaking out of a hole in Clear Channel's pockets.

Find out how you can help after the break.

Decent folks who believe in tolerance and equality are no longer powerless against Limbaugh's efforts to spread intolerance on the radio.  StopRush is making a major impact by convincing advertisers on this show to withdraw their ads--and with your help we can do even more.  Just a few emails, tweets, or Facebook messages a week to Limbaugh's advertisers can go a long way toward making hatred less profitable.  It is our collective voice that makes us strong.  

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