Campaign Reformers Push Back on NAB Political Ad Ask

Benton Institute for Broadband and Society

NAB and others asked the FCC to narrow its definition of non-candidate ads on “any political matter of national importance" (i.e. "issue" ads) and the disclosure obligations on broadcasters to identify the issues in those ads. In response, the Campaign Legal Center, Sunlight Foundation, Common Cause, the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, and Issue One say the FCC should not " exclude from disclosure advertisements that address a political matter of national public importance if they also refer to a local or state election.

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