Legislative Updates: 115th Congress
Deutch Reintroduces Campaign Sunlight Act
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) has reintroduced his legislation to hold Super PACs, campaigns, and other organizations accountable for the claims made in their political advertisements.
The Campaign Sunlight Act amends the Federal Elections Campaign Act of 1971 to require the sponsors of political advertisements to make the contents and sources of information used in television, print, and other type of ads available to the FEC for a publicly accessible “Campaign Accountability” website. Deutch’s legislation also grants the FEC authority to charge the sponsors of each advertisement a nominal fee in order to ensure the cost of administering the website is not left to taxpayers.
“If there is one issue that unites Americans of all political stripes, it is total disgust over the constant barrage of campaign attack ads that have become the norm in our elections since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United,” said Congressman Deutch. “Across the country but especially in swing states like Florida, voters are being bombarded during every trip to the mailbox or commercial break with wild accusations that turn them off from the political process all together. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and with so much shrouded in secrecy this election cycle, the very least we can do is require the sponsors of these advertisements to stand behind their claims. The Campaign Sunlight Act will insert some much needed transparency and accountability into our national dialogue by requiring the groups behind these ads to back up their claims in full to the Federal Election Commission.”
The Campaign Sunlight Act requires a sponsor of any communication referring to a clearly identified federal candidate within 12 months of an election to make available on the Campaign Accountability Site:
The text of H.R. 3837 is available here.