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Federal Election Commission Considers New Rules for Online Ads

  • Agency holds two-hearing on disclaimer rules for digital ads
  • No tech company executives are among 18 witnesses appearing
Voters Cast Ballots In The California Primary Election
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The Federal Election Commission opened two days of hearings Wednesday to consider approaches to requiring sponsorship disclosures for online political advertising.

The agency, which oversees federal election laws, is taking testimony from 18 witnesses from public interest groups, political organizations and ad buyers as it considers multiple approaches to letting audiences know who’s sponsoring the political speech they’re seeing online.