Beginning August 2nd, anyone will be able to go to the FCC
website and get information on political TV ads
— who paid for the ads and how much they spent. So far this FCC rule only covers the four major networks — CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox — and not cable stations. But it’s a start.
The FCC made this ruling last April. First, House Republicans tried to stop the FCC from doing this; and then the National Association of Broadcasters filed a lawsuit for an emergency stay against the FCC action. The broadcasters’ lawsuit is still pending but a federal judge refused to grant the emergency stay. So we’re on.
Finally, we’ll be able to lift up the rock and take a good look at what sort of slippery creatures are squiggling and squirming underneath it.
Labels: FCC political ads, FCC secret campaign funding