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house Bill H.R. 367

Should the Source Information From Political Ads be Listed Online?

Argument in favor

Every election cycle there are outlandish political attack ads that distort the truth. Requiring ad sponsors to make their source content publicly available may spare the public from so many attack ads.

BTSundra's Opinion
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01/15/2016
This makes it harder for people to continue misinforming the population. We deserve correct information.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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01/15/2016
This is a must. Donald Trump used footage from the Morocco border and portrayed it as being the Mexicans. Prime example of how politicians are spreading lies, and their "sources" should be cited.
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Moni's Opinion
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01/16/2016
Seems like a no brainer. I have to cite stuff on my essays.
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Argument opposed

The only way a website with political ads and their source information can tamp down malicious attack ads is if people actually use the site. It seems unlikely that many people would use this FEC resource.

David's Opinion
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01/15/2016
Ads that lie will provide equally bogus resource data. Fix the problem by banning all political ads as a pollution of the public's airways.
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Steve's Opinion
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01/16/2016
I do agree that the sources should be online! However, this does NOT need to be a Govt housing for these sources!!
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Wayne's Opinion
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10/13/2016
While I would like to see something done about false claims in any ads, my major problem with this is The Who would be checking these ads. I have lost faith in the government to act in any way than to spread the current administrations views, this steams from the e-mail scandal where the justice department currently controlled by the Democratic President in power refuses to charge the front running democratic nominee for having top secret information on an unsecured private server. This is a federal offense and should have brought charges. It was like saying we know you robbed the bank cause we see it on video but no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case to trial. What!?! That is where you know someone is protecting someone! So this same type of government could in all probability say one ad is bogus cause the source is not reliable enough and allow ads for the current President or his party candidates. This is just a bad idea based on who will be in charge of fact checking.
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What is House Bill H.R. 367?

This bill would direct the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to create a website for the public to view the contents of political advertisements that refer to a clearly identified federal candidate within 12 months of an election. The website would be known as the Campaign Accountability Site.

The sponsor of a political advertisement would have to submit the contents of the ad to the FEC (in a specified format), with the source information for content available through hyperlinks or other means. This requirement would apply to candidates and their campaigns, Super PACs, and other organizations that air sponsored political advertisements.

Additionally, the sponsor would be required to provide the FEC with the advertisement within:

  • 24 hours after its release, if it's released during the seven days before the contested election;

  • 72 hours after its release during any other period.

Impact

People who want to learn more about political ads they see, candidates and their campaigns, any group running a political ad, and the FEC.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 367

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) introduced this bill to help reduce the amount of misleading attack ads that alienate voters from the electoral process:

“If there is one issue that unites Americans of all political stripes, it is total disgust over the constant barrage of campaign attack ads that have become the norm in our elections since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United. Across the country but especially in swing states like Florida, voters are being bombarded during every trip to the mailbox or commercial break with wild accusations that turn them off from the political process all together. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and with so much shrouded in secrecy this election cycle, the very least we can do is require the sponsors of these advertisements to stand behind their claims. The Campaign Sunlight Act will insert some much needed transparency and accountability into our national dialogue by requiring the groups behind these ads to back up their claims in full to the Federal Election Commission.”

Currently this bill has seven Democratic cosponsors in the House. Rep. Deutch has introduced this legislation in the last two sessions of Congress, though it failed to advance out of committee in both cases.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Screen stills from YouTube)

AKA

Campaign Sunlight Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the Federal Election Commission to establish and operate a website through which members of the public may view the contents of certain political advertisements, to require the sponsors of such advertisements to furnish the contents of the advertisements to the Commission, and for other purposes.

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    IntroducedJanuary 14th, 2015
    This makes it harder for people to continue misinforming the population. We deserve correct information.
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    Ads that lie will provide equally bogus resource data. Fix the problem by banning all political ads as a pollution of the public's airways.
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    This is a must. Donald Trump used footage from the Morocco border and portrayed it as being the Mexicans. Prime example of how politicians are spreading lies, and their "sources" should be cited.
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    Seems like a no brainer. I have to cite stuff on my essays.
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    There are no security reasons for secrecy in general politics so yes. If you're willing to say it be willing to back it up with open verifiable sources, not whispers from the shadows that for all I know could be the voices in your own head.
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    Transparency is a must when politics are involved. From attack ads to government departments, lies need to stop. This will be a perfect tool to ensure the people are bombarded with blatant lies.
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    I do agree that the sources should be online! However, this does NOT need to be a Govt housing for these sources!!
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    While I would like to see something done about false claims in any ads, my major problem with this is The Who would be checking these ads. I have lost faith in the government to act in any way than to spread the current administrations views, this steams from the e-mail scandal where the justice department currently controlled by the Democratic President in power refuses to charge the front running democratic nominee for having top secret information on an unsecured private server. This is a federal offense and should have brought charges. It was like saying we know you robbed the bank cause we see it on video but no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case to trial. What!?! That is where you know someone is protecting someone! So this same type of government could in all probability say one ad is bogus cause the source is not reliable enough and allow ads for the current President or his party candidates. This is just a bad idea based on who will be in charge of fact checking.
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    Maybe then they couldn't just MAKE STUFF UP!!
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    Hell yeah.
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    I doubt that this bill will be effective, but it's one step in the right direction
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    This just makes sense. It helps voters to be more informed.
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    False advertising is serious and we should have this information at hand.
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    Of course, especially due to the fact that this is not only one of the most crucial elections in United States history but additionally we currently have two separate candidates from two opposing parties left in the race. Political ads is nearly a similarity to the act of propaganda. Hey, propaganda although can be distributed to promote a positive manner. Propaganda and political ads that are exploited to devalue an opposing ideology and convince desperate citizens has always been a significant factor in the past. World war two, the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Even Sparta And Athens! And a plethora of more. Propaganda was a manner in which typically large government and bureaucracies would bluff to there own citizens to promote hatred of another ethic group, nationality, political forces or figures, etc. Surprisingly, a majority of propaganda was just bluffs as leverage to in a way hypnotize ignorant citizens. To avoid harsh and bluffing matters of political ads we must provide a source. It's a matter of having a self explanatory mindset in this proposal! If political campaigns began to incorporate sources throughout their ads it would develop strong justifications that can't be refuted. Let's take a trip back to schooling "professors and teachers" always prioritize that you should support your claim (weather it's a source, primary source document, or quote from a novel, article, book) by revealing evidence that is a recipe for a argument that is concise and objective. As a brief source to unleash some of the most significant universal political ads and propaganda I highly suggest taking a glance here: http://www.emlii.com/795f0d22/25-Most-Powerful-Propaganda-Posters-That-Made-All-The-Difference, thank you for your time.
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    I pity the opposition. Read a book or something, gain some common sense at least.
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    A resounding yes. Money in politics, distorting the truth, or outright lying are the biggest problem facing America today. Citizens have the right to know who are sponsoring ads so they can better determine the agenda behind them.
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    Full disclosure of all political information is a must.
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    The burden shouldn't be on politifact it should be on the politician
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    If you make a claim politically, in an ad or elsewhere. Providing a way to show the voters how you established the idea and why you believe it is essential. At least it is if your honest.
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    Ads are partisan, and so the source of information should be publicized to reveal whether the "facts" are biased.
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