Sign On to Our Letter Telling the FEC You Support Strong Disclaimer Rules for Internet Campaign Ads

To protect our elections, the FEC’s Internet Communication Disclaimers rule should be comprehensive and modern, and take into account the ways that internet advertising is different from other forms of advertising.

Internet campaign ads must be required to include either a full disclaimer or, if size or format makes a full disclaimer impractical, then a shortened disclaimer such as “Paid for by…” with a link that goes directly to a full disclaimer. The funder of an ad must be made explicit because most people do not bother clicking on links.

The disclaimer rules should be in place as soon as possible. Dark money ads and Russian meddling influenced the 2016 election, and without these rules in place, it will happen again in 2018.

Finally, the FEC should make public copies of all paid internet political messages, as well as their funding sources and target audiences. Libraries like this already exist for television advertising under the Communications Act of 1934. Similar rules for internet ads will ensure enforcement of laws against foreign meddling in our elections.

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