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Anonymous political ad buys a thing of the past, rules FCC May 31, 2012

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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In a 2-1 decision, the Federal Communications Commission recently ruled that television broadcasters in the United States must disclose on a website details of political advertising purchases. The ruling applies to 200 stations belonging to four major networks, and would cover 60% of all political ads purchased in the 2012 election. However, as critics point out, full compliance with the new rule is not expected until July 2014, so it may not have much of an effect on the upcoming election.

For more on SuperPACs and anonymous political ad buys, and how they impact democracy, watch the following videos:

Discussion Questions:

1.  What are SuperPACs? Why are they so controversial?

2.  Why might the broadcasting industry have a problem with needing to reveal the sources of ad buys?

3.  Is this a positive step for democracy in America?



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