Regulating what America whacks off to has not been a chief concern of the Obama administration. But now a group of 42 senators have sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder complaining that his justice department hasn't been keeping a close enough eye on the mainstream adult pornography business. The group mainly consists of socially conservative Republicans. So of course Marco Rubio signed on, but Bill Nelson and a handful of other Democrats also offered their John Hancock.
Holder's Justice Department has not filed a single new obscenity case anywhere in the country, and has only continued prosecuting a small handful of cases left over from the Bush administration.
Politico notes that usually Democratic administrations tend to prosecute small, niche pornography (you, know that "2 Girls, 1 Cup" type stuff), but the letter asks Holder to also pursuit cases against mainstream adult companies.
"We write to urge the Department of Justice vigorously to enforce federal obscenity laws against major commercial distributors of hardcore adult pornography," says the letter. "We believe it is imperative that the Department, with cooperation by the FBI, investigate and prosecute all major producers and distributors of adult obscenity. We need your leadership."
Though, it's often difficult to charge large pornography companies as they can always claim that since their material is so popular it really shouldn't be considered obscene at all.
It's also interesting that both of Florida's senators signed the bill. They have to be aware of how much of that porn, especially internet-distributed, is produced right here in the state.
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