Democracy Campaign, allies, win transparency in ad spending

WNPJ member group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign joined with19 other citizen organizations in successfully defending a new requirement that broadcasters disclose online the purchasers of political ads. A new Federal Communications Commission ruling required that TV stations, which had previously been required to keep a list of political ad purchasers available for public viewing at their stations, must also post the list online. Lobbyists for the broadcasters responded by pushing for an amendment to an appropriations bill to block the FCC rule. But on Wednesday, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee reversed their position and allowed the FCC's new online disclosure requirement to stand.