The Media Access Project (“MAP”) filed a petition for rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission asking the agency to require groups sponsoring political ads to disclose certain donors. From MAP’s press release:
MAP’s Petition for Rulemaking asks the FCC to use existing statutory authority to update current rules, which already require that broadcasters “fully and fairly disclose the true identity” of sponsors. Under the proposed rule, any person providing 25% or more of the funds for a political TV message must be identified on the air, and a list of all persons providing 10% or more of such funds must be listed in the station’s public file.
With respect to radio advertisements, the proposed rule may simply require the ad to refer listeners to the radio station’s public political file for the donor list. The entire press release can be found here.
The Center for Competitive Politics has already announced their opposition to MAP’s proposed rule.