The Story Behind That Bizarre Pro-Trump Coronavirus Ad in the Miami Herald
Because the ad did not include the company's full name, Herald readers had no way to know who placed it or with what aim, said Brendan Fischer, a campaign finance expert with the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. "It could be that PII is not a legal entity at all," Fischer said. "It could be initials. It could be a made-up name. It could be the name of somebody's cat. We don't really know." Fischer said that's especially concerning because the ad ran during a presidential campaign in a major swing state. "It's a challenge and it's a problem because presumably, this ad cost a fair amount of money," he explained. "Even if it doesn't explicitly trigger any [legally required] campaign-finance reporting, voters have a right to know who's trying to influence their vote."
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