Watchdog Orgs. Urge Transparency In Online Election Ads

Law360, New York (November 13, 2017, 8:55 PM EST) -- Technology and privacy advocacy groups told the Federal Election Commission Friday that it should require disclosures in online political ads after covert Russia-sponsored propaganda was found to have influenced the 2016 presidential election, with at least one group suggesting that broadcast advertising guidelines should apply to web content.

On Friday, grassroots group Common Cause said the regulator should mandate that online political ads "include 'paid for by' information just like TV, radio and print ads," according to a statement.

The comments are in response to an advance rulemaking notice that the FEC initiated last month, soliciting input on whether it should...

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