- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2014

For more than 30 years, Hustler’s flamboyant publisher Larry Flynt has continued to send the monthly magazine to every member of Congress.

Since 1983, Hustler has sent the porno mags in plain manila envelopes to every Congressional office as Mr. Flynt’s unique way of petitioning the government, National Journal reported.

Congress tried in 1984 to stop the unwanted porn subscription, but the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled two years later that the delivery of the magazine could not be stopped under the First Amendment.

“Receiving Hustler once each month would not unduly burden a Member of Congress,” the court wrote. “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.”

All 535 congressional members are still subscribed to Hustler, whether they like it or not, and many have decided to make a joke of it.

“I ‘forget’ to mention it to interns and wait to watch the look of horror on their face when they open it in a congressional office,” a staffer told National Journal.

“I let interns know they will receive an interesting magazine and they should just throw it away,” said another.

Hustler spokesman Arthur Sando told the Journal, “We assume, at this point, that staff members are either reading it or tossing it.”