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  •  FCC News (6+ / 0-)

    This is pretty cool:

    The Federal Communications Commission held a meeting on Wednesday during which they promised to move forward in the process to enact rules governing the online disclosure of broadcasters' political files. The move comes as interest and concerns rise about the increase in political spending by outside groups, with the funding sources often remaining undisclosed, after the Supreme Court opened the door in January 2010 to unlimited independent spending by corporations and unions in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

    The political files in question are documents retained by each individual broadcaster that contain information provided by campaigns and groups related to the request to run an advertisement. The files include the name of the campaign, candidate, or group, a general reason for the ad's broadcast, the time and placement of the ad, and the cost of the purchase. Political files are available to inspect in person at the office of each broadcaster, but not over the Internet.

    FCC Commissioner Michael Copps explained the proposal before the commission in Wednesday's meeting. "It proposes that television broadcasters move their public files online, to a site hosted by the FCC, which I hope will be searchable and aggregative and therefore offer real opportunity for comparative analysis and wide public understanding," he said. "Without that kind of searchability, online disclosure would be small improvement over having the file kept in the broadcast station's basement."

    •  That is really cool (1+ / 0-)
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      Here's a question, though: can they/should they apply the same rules to cable. I think the latter question is easy to answer (obviously yes). The former I'm not too sure about. It would probably take a look at the '92 Cable Act.

      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 07:12:08 AM PDT

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    •  This would be amazing (2+ / 0-)
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      Adam B, MichaelNY

      I once had a campaign job where I had to run around to TV stations and photocopy this information. What a pain! Hard to believe that's still necessary.

      Political Director, Daily Kos

      by David Nir on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 09:04:41 AM PDT

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