Democracy Wire

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Untold Stories Matter, Too

May 31, 2016

Pretend you’re a journalist (if you really are one, ignore that but read on anyhow) and someone calls and says “I’ve got a good and timely story that I think your readers/listeners would like to know about. There is a government agency that has both the authority and the responsibility to help clean up our broken big-money election campaigns—and it is refusing to do its job.” Let me explain.

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Groups Urge FCC to Force Disclosure of Political Ad Donors

October 29, 2015

With the presidential election just a year away and critical primaries and caucuses beginning in a few weeks, a coalition of legal and civic advocacy groups called on the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to require broadcasters to disclose the “true sponsors” of political advertising.

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A Most Unvirtuous Circle

June 1, 2015

It’s shaping up as a great political year ahead—if you are a billionaire with an axe to grind or a broadcast or cable operator.

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