Today the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3309, legislation designed to limit the ability of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt regulations affecting the communications industry.
While there are serious concerns that the underlying bill would hamper the FCC's ability to protect consumers, Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) will offer an amendment that would significantly improve transparency in our elections.
The following organizations urge you to support the Eshoo amendment: the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and the Sunlight Foundation.
The Eshoo amendment would require an entity that runs political ads on television to disclose the sources of funding for the entity of $10,000 or more and place a list of these funders in the political files of broadcast stations that run the ads. This measure would help to ensure that viewers have access to information about the donors funding ads being run to influence their votes.
Such disclosure requirements for campaign-related expenditures were explicitly upheld in the Citizens United decision by an 8-to-1 vote. The Court stated that disclosure requirements "provide the electorate with information and insure that the voters are fully informed about the person or group who is speaking" and that "transparency enables the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages."
Our organizations urge you to vote for the Eshoo amendment.
Campaign Legal Center
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government
League of Women Voters