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Free Porn For Members Of Congress

If you get elected to Congress, you get free porn:

Congressional offices have a porn problem, but it’s not exactly what you think.

Since 1983, Larry Flynt has sent the monthly magazine he founded, Hustler, to each and every member of Congress.

The dirty mag comes in a plain manila envelope, fairly undetectable to the poor intern or staffer tasked with opening the mail. And every month, there it is: Hustler, featuring dozens of naked or scantly dressed women, vulgar comics, and articles, some satirical, on politics, society, and sex.

It’s not like members of Congress haven’t tried to stop the magazines from coming. They just can’t stop it legally.

Following the complaints from 264 congressional offices in 1984, the U.S. Postal Service asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the mailings. But that request failed when the court ruled two years later that the delivery of the magazine could not be stopped. The court wrote:

Receiving Hustler once each month would not unduly burden a Member of Congress. Members are not forced to read the magazine or other of the mail they receive in volume. We cannot imagine that Congressional offices all lack wastebaskets.

For Hustler, it was a First Amendment issue. This was Flynt’s right to petition the government, he argued, and the court agreed. Or as Flynt told The Hill in 2011, “Moses freed the Jews, Lincoln freed the slaves, and I just wanted to free all the neurotics.”

Thirty years later, the congressional subscription count remains the same: 535. The magazine is not sent to members of the executive branch, though.

Larry Flynt has been trolling the American establishment for nearly half a century now, and this is just another example of that. As for the Members of Congress, well, I’ll just leave that your imaginations.

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About Doug Mataconis
Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

Comments

  1. Scott says:

    Great click-bait title. Had to click.

    I bet it does get read. Notice that 271 (a majority) did not complain.

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  2. Dean Barnett says:

    To paraphrase from “The People v Larry Flynt” – If the 1st amendment protects scumbags like Larry Flynt think what it does for the rest of us.

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  3. John Peabody says:

    Good Lord, think of the carbon footprint of these 535 envelopes! The fuel wasted for transportation! If you stacked them up…well…you would have a stack of 535 envelopes.

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  4. Franklin says:

    I’m shocked he doesn’t send something more appropriate … to the female members of Congress …

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  5. Grewgills says:

    They all have internet access, so regardless of what Flynt does or does not do they all have free porn.

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