FCC Vote Could Bring Increased Transparency to Political Ads

by - April 26, 2012

Transparency advocates are watching the FCC closely as it prepares to vote this Friday on whether to require broadcasting companies across the U.S. to post information about political ad buys in a public online database.

Organizations like the Center for Responsive Politics, the Sunlight Foundation, Free Press and others, support the move to place broadcasters' political ad contracts online. While current law requires broadcasters to make the information public, the only way an individual can view it is to visit each station and ask to see the contracts, called "political files," to learn more about the ads that are flooding the airwaves.

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