Democratic Ad Firm Accused of Fake News Retools for 2020
FACT’s complaint identified a number of ads on pages geared towards states with competitive 2018 Senate contests, including North Dakota, Florida, and Tennessee. Most of them appeared to be what the FEC considers “electioneering communications,” or ads mentioning a candidate for office, but that don’t explicitly advocate for the election or defeat of that candidate. But FACT’s complaint failed to grapple with a key question, according to Brendan Fischer, the director of federal and FEC reform programs at the Campaign Legal Center. The complaint “doesn’t show that these ads would not qualify for the media exemption,” Fischer explained.
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