Every member of Congress has a subscription to Hustler — here’s why

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I’m not sure why the world is always so shocked when politicians get caught up in sex scandals.

It takes a certain type of narcissistic individual to even consider running for political office. That’s a nice way of saying the person is probably slightly off center. Sexual deviance is what a narcissist does at night. To pass the time.

So you’d think a free subscription to Hustler would be welcomed by the people on the hill. It’s not but there is nothing they can do about it.

Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler and champion of free speech, has sent a monthly copy of Hustler to every congressional office for the last 30 years. Members of Congress can’t stop it. But oh how they’ve tried.

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, Flynt keeps sending the mag, to all 535 congressional members.

Why Every Member of Congress Gets a Monthly Porn Delivery [National Journal]