This year political ads will swallow up more air time than campaign coverage on local television newscasts. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which lifted restrictions on corporate political spending, unleashed countless millions of dollars for campaign ads.
But broadcasters aren’t using this newfound revenue to beef up news operations and ensure in-depth coverage of candidates and their issues. Instead, they’re just padding their bottom lines — while leaving the public in the dark about who really sponsors these ads, what interests they represent and whether the content of the attacks is true.
In an election year, it’s critical that the public have access to information about who’s trying to influence our decisions. Broadcasters must tell the public who is funding attack ads, and they must put this information online.
Please take action today to tell the FCC to shine a light on political attack ads.