Take Action: November 7, 2017 Support transparency in election ad funding

Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google testified before Congress last Tuesday. They admitted to “their role in Russia’s influence on the presidential campaign, but offered little more than promises to do better.”  Their complacency shows that we need legislation to safeguard our democracy. Senator Klobuchar (D, MN) has proposed legislation that would require “social media networks to maintain a public archive of campaign ads published on their platforms by purchasers who spend more than $500,” allowing us to track efforts to influence public opinion.  The bill protects voters with the same requirements that TV and radio have adhered to for years. This bill was introduced in mid-October, but there are still only two-cosponsors: Warner (D, VA), and McCain (R, AZ).

Call your three members of Congress and ask them to support the Honest Ads bill [S. 1989 / H.R. 4077), which requires social media platforms like Google, Facebook and Twitter to take steps to block foreign political ads and provide greater transparency about who pays for political ads and how they are targeted.

Possible Script: This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [TOWN, ZIP].  I am calling about transparency in internet ads. I urge [Rep/Sen____] to support quick passage of the Honest Ads bill [Senate 1989 or House Resolution 4077], which is aimed at reducing foreign interference in American elections and protecting voters with the same requirements that TV and radio have adhered to for years.  Transparency as to who is paying for political ads on social media is vital to the health of our democracy.  This legislation must be passed and implemented quickly to minimize foreign interference in our 2018 elections.  Will you co-sponsor this bill and bring more transparency to groups that fund US political ads?  Thank you.

HT: Rogan’s List and Americans of Conscience

Image Source: U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Dennis Cantrell [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons