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From the archives: Broadcasters can bar ads from supremacist; Federal agency says Missouri man isn't a "bona fide" candidate.

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Monday, April 14, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.

This story was originally published on June 30, 2010.

Area broadcasters won’t be required to run any more campaign commercials from white supremacist and write-in Senate candidate F. Glenn Miller, said an attorney for the Missouri Broadcasters Association.

Mark Sableman said the Federal Communications Commission recently told the association that Miller isn’t a "bona fide" candidate, and therefore doesn’t qualify for uncensored access to the airwaves.

"We’re glad to have clarity, " Sableman said. "The Miller commercials certainly don’t meet the suitability requirements of most stations."

The Aurora, Mo., resident caused a stir when he bought time to air commercials that disparaged Jews and minorities. The stations said they had to run the ads under the law.

The broadcasters and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wrote the FCC in April, arguing Miller wasn’t legally qualified because he didn’t have a campaign committee, regular news releases or an office, as the rules require.

The FCC agreed with that analysis, Sableman said.

Miller said Tuesday that he was upset with the FCC’s ruling.

"They don’t like what I say, " he told The Kansas City Star.

To reach Dave Helling, call 816-234-4656 or send e-mail to dhelling@kcstar.com.

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