The Issue: Media Reform
The Initiative: Sign a petition asking the Office of Management and Budget to expedite and approve the new FCC rule requiring broadcasters to post their political ad data online. The public comment period ends on June 11, 2012.
Background:The FCC recently approved a new rule requiring TV stations to post their political ad data online. The FCC decision was a solid win for those of us hoping to shed light on money, politics and the media in a time when shadowy groups are spending billions of dollars on misleading political ads. The FCC ruling will help everyone get a clearer picture of the moneyed interests behind these ads.
But there is (at least) one more hurdle to overcome. Ironically, it’s a law called the “Paperwork Reduction Act,” which requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to review every new rule to ensure that it reduces paperwork and minimizes bureaucracy. If the OMB delays approval of the FCC rule, it’s possible we won’t gain access to valuable online data about these political ads until after the November vote.