Local Politics

FCC Chair Martin's Travel Records Sought

Posted February 13, 2008 6:15 p.m. EST
Updated February 13, 2008 6:17 p.m. EST

The North Carolina Democratic Party is seeking copies of FCC chairman Kevin Martin's travel records, according to reports.

Martin has been rumored to be considering a run for office in his home state of North Carolina.

Martin denied those rumors through a spokeswoman Wednesday.

According to the request, the party is asking for records on each time, if any, Martin has traveled to North Carolina on taxpayer funds since he became a commissioner in July 2001; who he met with; and what he talked about.

“Members of Congress who are running for office are closely regulated to ensure that they are not campaigning on the taxpayer dollar,” party chairman Jerry Meek said. “Why shouldn’t Kevin Martin be held to the same standard?”

The party's e-mailed release mentioned Martin's resume of service with Ken Starr and the Bush re-election campaign and referred to an ongoing House investigation of FCC procedures to paint the chairman as someone the party needs to be concerned about.