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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hundreds of federal political ads -- including those from major players such as the Democratic National Committee and the Donald Trump 2020 campaign -- are running on Facebook without adequate disclaimer language, likely violating Federal Election Commission rules, a review by ProPublica has found. An FEC opinion in December clarified that the requirement for political ads to say who paid for and approved them, which has long applied to print and broadcast outlets, extends to ads on Facebook. So we checked more than 300 ads that had run on the world's largest social network since the opinion, and that election-law experts told us met the criteria for a disclaimer. Fewer than 40 had disclosures that appeared to satisfy FEC rules. "I'm totally shocked," said David Keating, president of the nonprofit Institute for Free Speech in Alexandria, Virginia, which usually opposes restrictions on political advertising. "There's no excuse," he said, looking through our database of ads.




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The FEC can investigate possible violations of the law and fine people up to thousands of dollars for breaking it -- fines double if the violation was "knowing and willful," according to the regulations. Under the law, it's up to advertisers, not Facebook, to ensure they have the right disclaimers. The FEC has not imposed penalties on any Facebook advertiser for failing to disclose.

An FEC spokeswoman declined to say whether the commission has any recent complaints about lack of disclosure on Facebook ads. Enforcement matters are confidential until they are resolved, she said.


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Donald Trump wants Russian electoral aid come this November.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-13 12:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No credible evidence has demonstrated that any votes were changed through ‘external' meddling. Republicans have the motive and the means to falsify the count. But this is a last consideration. First up gerrymandering, second fake voter purge lists.

The larger problem with the theory of Russian meddling is that the U.S. electoral system was already thoroughly corrupted by economic power.

The U.S. has the lowest voter turnout in the ‘developed' world. The largest voting bloc (40%) in the 2016 election was eligible voters who chose not to vote. In contrast to the wisdom in political consultant circles, choosing not to vote is a political act which means 'none of the above'.

#2 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-13 04:12 PM | Reply

... fake voter purge lists.


#3 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-13 04:21 PM | Reply

Kathleen Harris knew exactly how many names she had to purge to make the election competitive. She demanded looser and looser matching criteria until she reached that number. That scheme worked as planned and remains unpunished, opening the door for continuing the program.

How's that Republican program to return ALL Wynn contributions going?

That said this relentless stream of accusations are out of control and mostly untimely. Some due process is called for, and patting someone on the butt is not equivalent to rape, which should always be ranked below murder.

#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-13 04:52 PM | Reply

Kathleen Harris was a one off event 17 years ago. That event is of no relevance today. Like butt touching has no relevance to voter purges or alleged manipulation of elections.

#5 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-13 05:14 PM | Reply

Worth reading....


"We also need to consider our priorities. Do we want to fight hate speech, or do we want to fight hate? Do we want to prevent foreign interference in our electoral processes, or do we want free and fair elections? Our answers to these questions should shape our approach, so we don't deceive ourselves into thinking that removing anonymity in online advertising is more important to protecting democracy than, say, addressing the physical violence by those who spread hate, preventing voter suppression and gerrymandering, or figuring out how to build platforms that promote more informed and less polarizing conversations between the humans that use them."

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-13 06:16 PM | Reply

Republicans are still doing it, on an as needed basis. 25% of voting machines have no paper trail and are easily hacked. Students who spend summers with parents and vote at College in November are routinely dumped. Rove's trick is to send an address verification postcard in August. If its not returned the voter is dumped. They find out in November when its too late. I don;t know how good the cross check program is, but it is interstate and Mexicans names repeat with remarkable frequency. These Republican audits are not applied across the board, they target poor neighborhoods. Republicans have sent mass mailings which threaten to arrest and deport people with Mexican names.

#7 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-13 08:37 PM | Reply


Censorship is rampant in the USA. Noam Chomsky has written a study of the problem called. "The Manufacture of Consent".

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-13 08:41 PM | Reply

"Manufacturing Consent."

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-13 09:00 PM | Reply

I don;t know ...

No need to state the obvious.

Rove's trick ...

Case in point, the mailing is required by the NVRA.

... send an address verification postcard in August. If its not returned the voter is dumped. They find out in November when its too late.

And another, if the card is not returned then not less than two federal election cycles later the registration is "dumped."

#10 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-13 09:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"if the card is not returned then not less than two federal election cycles later the registration is "dumped.""

Does their taxation stop as well, or just their representation?

#11 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-02-13 09:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I don't know. Perhaps you should research what the 103rd Congress thought of those issues when they passed law.

#12 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-13 11:27 PM | Reply

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