A group of 15 top Democratic senators are pushing the Federal Election Commission to expand disclosure requirements on political ads to include commercials distributed online.
After months of investigations on Capitol Hill, politicians on both sides of the aisle are focusing their questioning on the role that online advertising distributed by Facebook, Twitter and Google played in Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
In a letter today sent to the FEC on the last day of a month-long public comment period regarding the issue, Senate Democrats argued that FEC exemptions of online political advertising from including disclaimers about the organizations responsible for the ads played a role in the Russian disinformation efforts.
The senators wrote:
Over the past year, our country has come to realize the ease with which foreign actors can interfere in our elections, undermining the integrity of – and reducing public confidence in – the electoral…