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FCC Hires Christian Right Lobbyist, Abortion Foe as Advisor

by Brendan Coyne

Aug. 9, 2005 – The Federal Communications Commission recently hired a prominent conservative Christian lobbyist and abortion opponent as a part-time advisor in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.

According to Reuters, an FCC spokesperson declined to say when Penny Nance was hired or what her specific duties entail. Nance will "liaison" with Congress and others, in addition to advising the Commission, the news service reported.

Nance is a prominent anti-abortion advocate who founded Kids First, an organization that promotes "traditional families." She also recently stepped down from the board of Concerned Women for America, a group that advocates melding more Christian principles into United States law.

Nance is a registered lobbyist and an outspoken critic of pornography, abortion and homosexuality, though she reportedly filed a notice with Congress terminating her position as a lobbyist for conservative groups.

As a case involving Internet peer-to-peer file sharing was set to be heard by the Supreme Court, both Kids First and Concerned Women for America joined other conservative groups in filing a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a ban on the technology. The statement chastised the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for an earlier decision in favor of companies making file-sharing technology and accused those companies of aiding sexual predators.

In May, the National Review published an article of hers calling for stringent laws against obscene material and tying possession of pornography to rape and child molestation.

The planning office is responsible for developing the Commission’s short- and long-term objectives.

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