In the wake of the unprecedented role social media played in the 2016 election and in anticipation of misinformation campaigns to come, the need for Facebook, Google and other operators of social media platforms should be just as transparent about political ads as terrestrial broadcasters.Continue reading
Political TV Ad Archive gets a makeover to help track who is behind shadowy TV ads
With tens of millions of dollars funding a bombardment of political advertisements, the revamped Political TV Ad Archive houses them all.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
House committee restores funding for political ad disclosure
A key member of Congress bowed to pressure Wednesday and withdrew a measure aimed at blocking online disclosure of political advertisements.
At a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., announced she was pulling a measure she introduced two weeks ago to defund a new rule that the Federal Communications Commission approved in April. The rule, now awaiting final approval by the White House Office of Management and Budget, would require the nation's biggest broadcast networks to put information about who is buying political ads on the Internet. The National Association of Broadcasters is suing ...Continue 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