Even in a state with a disproportionate number of seniors, some candidates are failing to help voters hear their messages.Continue reading
The FCC’s opportunity to bring all political ad spending online
If the FCC decides to require cable, satellite and radio companies to put their files online, we may have an unprecedented view into political spending across all major media platforms.Continue reading
Sleuthing political ads in competitive Senate races
Television broadcast stations around the country are opening their political files for the first time, and Sunlight's tracking the most notable happenings across the country.Continue reading
Political advertisers and TV stations ignore disclosure rules
A decade after the Supreme Court predicted the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law would help promote transparency by making public information on campaign ad buys, most political advertisers and TV stations aren't providing the information at all.Continue reading
House Republicans Vote to Protect Broadcasters’ Interests, Ignore the Public Interest
So determined are Republican members of Congress to kowtow to the broadcast industry that today members of a House Appropriations... View ArticleContinue reading
Broadcasters sue to keep political ad files offline
The nation's broadcasters sued the Federal Communications Commission Monday over a rule that requires them to post political ads bought at some stations online.
At risk: a ruling designed to make information about political ad buys available via the Internet in time for the fall election. Sunlight has calls into both the FCC and the National Association of Broadcasters, the group suing the agency, for comment. So far, no response.
But Corie Wright, senior policy counsel for Free Press, and a longtime advocate of the ad buy rule, called the lawsuit "nothing more than an attempt by the NAB ...Continue reading
The Start of Something Big or the End of the Story?
At its meeting today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a rule requiring the top four broadcasters in the biggest fifty... View ArticleContinue reading
Broadcasters to FCC: Act in Our Interest, not the Public Interest
The Sunlight Foundation sent a letter to the FCC urging them to stay strong and adopt transparency rules that would... View ArticleContinue reading
Eshoo Disclosure Amendment to be Voted on Today.
The House is voting today on the H.R. 3309, the FCC Reform Act. Rep. Eshoo is offering an important amendment... View ArticleContinue reading
Commerce Committee Vote Should Not Sound Death Knell for Broadcast Ad Transparency
Yesterday, the House Commerce Committee killed an amendment to the FCC Reform Act that would have required groups airing political... View ArticleContinue reading