Live From New York, It’s Saturday Night (Election Law?)!Posted: October 19, 2015
Hillary Clinton appeared in a three-minute skit on Saturday Night Live the other week. Donald Trump is set to host an entire SNL show next month. Are Clinton’s and Trump’s competitors in the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries entitled to equal time on NBC? Yes, although not necessarily on SNL.
Under FCC regulations, candidates for federal office are entitled to “equal opportunities” to use a broadcast station’s facilities or to appear on the station’s broadcasts, if the station has given such an opportunity to another candidate. Kerry Monroe, guest blogging over at Balkinization, has an interesting post on what the FCC’s rules mean for the other folks vying for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations. Apparently, one of Mrs. Clinton’s rivals–Harvard Law Professor Larry Lessig–has already raised the issue with NBC.