- To examine the different regulations and laws that govern political advertisement disclaimers and disclosures.
- To highlight the importance of free speech and First Amendment implications of attempting to regulate political speech.
- The IT Subcommittee has held a series of hearings analyzing existing laws and regulations for potential updates to reflect technological advances.
- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) oversees civil campaign finance laws and enforces disclaimer requirements for all public communication related to campaigns for federal offices.
- Disclaimers must include whether the candidate authorized or did not authorize the advertisement as well as who paid for the advertisement.
- In 2006, the FEC issued a final rule to expand the definition of public advertisements to include paid internet ads. A number of Advisory Opinions were submitted in an effort to seek relief from these new requirements.
- On October 10, 2017, the FEC voted to reopen an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking period (ANPRM) seeking additional comments on the new internet advertising rules.
Witnesses and testimonies
|Mr. Allen Dickerson||Legal Director||Center for Competitive Politics||Document|
|Mr. David Chavern||President and Chief Executive Officer||News Media Alliance||Document|
|Mr. Jack N. Goodman||Owner||Law Offices of Jack N. Goodman||Document|
|Mr. Randall Rothenberg||President and Chief Executive Officer||Interactive Advertising Bureau||Document|
|Mr. Ian Vandewalker||Senior Counsel||Brennan Center for Justice, Democracy Program||Document|