A democracy relies on free and fair elections. The American public deserves to know who is trying to influence our views and our votes.
But during the 2016 election that vital information wasn’t available and millions of Americans saw fraudulent political ads planted by foreign interests. When internet advertisers hide who they are, they can have an unfair and deceptive influence on our elections.
Now we have a chance to ensure internet ad disclosure.
This week we’re submitting official comments to Federal Election Commission (FEC) which is creating a disclaimer rule on internet campaign ads. We’re asking them to ensure greater transparency and protect voters’ right to know.
In the 2016 election, 65 percent of Americans identified the internet, or an online platform, as their leading source of information. Yet our outdated transparency rules — which still include references to telegrams and typewriters — don't require adequate disclosure for online ads.
Without a strong disclaimer rule from the FEC, foreign interests will yet again work to influence the decisions of voters around the country in the 2018 election.
Our elections should not be influenced by anonymous foreign actors. We need strong disclaimer rules from the FEC to keep our democracy free.
Yours in the fight,