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Copp's Plea for You and Me

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The plain-spoken, public-spirited former Federal Communications Commissioner, Michael Copps, is indignant -- and for good reason: The FCC is not enforcing the law requiring the "dark money" super PACs and other campaign cash conduits to reveal, on-the-air, the names of the real donors behind all political advertisements.

Daughter Of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Stars In New Hillary Clinton Ad

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics

Erica Smegielski, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung, will appear in a new ad for the Hillary Clinton campai...

Political Ads Might Not Change Your Vote -- But They May Get You to the Polls

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
The University of Central Florida Forum

What about the voters who are uninformed. Does the "information" in the political ads influence them more than me? Research says that it does.

Trump's Latest Ad Features Father Of Teen Killed By An Illegal Immigrant

The Washington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.13.2016 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- Donald Trump's latest campaign ad starts with the photo of an African American teenager in a football jersey, grinning for the camera a...

Ted Cruz Campaign Pulls Ad Featuring Softcore Porn Actress

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics

The campaign team for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was none too excited to discover that a softcore porn actress appeared in one of the candidate's ads. Ca...

Beyond the Hype: Using Super Bowl Commercials to Teach Teens

Emily Long | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Emily Long

Watching the Super Bowl commercials this year, I kept asking myself if perhaps, finally, we've won. Of course when I say "we" I mean any non-white, non-male American, and by "won" I mean that we were not the butt of every cheap joke

Political Advertising Is About To Become A Lot More Transparent

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to expand a political advertising transparency rule to cover cable a...

Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV Profits

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.18.2015 | Media
Bill Moyers

The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns. Each pronouncement from the Sultan of Slur is treated as epic, no matter how deeply insulting, bigoted or just plain ridiculous.

Club For Growth Attacks Donald Trump With New Ads In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON -- Real estate mogul Donald Trump is facing his first negative ad campaign from an outside group, rather than one of his rivals for the Rep...

Jeb Bush Draws Contrast With 'Self-Promoter' Rivals In First TV Ad

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential campaign on Tuesday released the candidate's first television ad, slated to air in the early...

You Must Watch This Gloriously Deranged Canadian Political Ad

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 08.12.2015 | Comedy

Wyatt Scott has swashbuckled his way into our cynical hearts with the most dramatic political advertisement we've ever seen. He's nothing short of a p...

FCC Chief Tom Wheeler Is Five Sixths of a Superhero

Marty Kaplan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Ex-lobbyist Tom Wheeler's courage in battling deep-pocketed corporations on competition, open Internet, privacy, the digital divide, and robocalls transformed him in my mind from oligarch apologist to American Avenger. That's why I'm so bummed he won't use his superpowers to fight the super PACs.

Massachusetts Seeks To Uphold Ban On Lying In Political Ads

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics

By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON, May 7 (Reuters) - The state of Massachusetts on Thursday defended a 1946 law making it illegal to tell lie...

Gov. Bruce Rauner Spent a Lot of Money on TV Advertising During the 2014 Campaign

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.30.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

More than a quarter of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's $65 million campaign fund went straight to TV advertising during the general election, according to Illinois State Board of Elections information.

Amber Ferguson

Will The Most Coveted Voting Bloc Show Up To The Polls?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amber Ferguson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

This election cycle, candidates from both parties have shown that when it comes to courting millennials, "the limit does not exist." Senate candida...

Two Videos to Help You Navigate Illinois' Election Day

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.03.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois gubernatorial candidates are making their final cases to voters before Tuesday's election with social media, speeches and television ads. But how much can voters trust these ads? Are the candidates trying to manipulate us with their messages?

Illinois Needs Positive Action, Not Negative Ads

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The head of the Small Business Advocacy Council of Illinois has had it with the barrage of negative ads TV viewers are enduring this election season. ...

Information You Need to Make Up Your Own Mind

Meredith McGehee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

As things stand now, the burden is on you to figure out who is funding the ads inundating your television and attempting to influence your vote, despite long-standing laws and regulations that clearly state that broadcasters have an obligation to ascertain the "true sponsor" of the ads they run on those airwaves.

Union Members Irate After Their Photo Appears In GOP Candidate's Attack Ad

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

Michigan union workers were irate to find their image was used in a political attack ad in which they appear to support Republican Senate candidate Te...

Propaganda, Potholes and Pensions: Political Ads and Business Clichés During Election (Hunting) Season

Kevin Walsh | Posted 12.09.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

Sadly, the two-pronged grade-school defense of "Nu'Uh" and "But he did it, too" will probably carry the day come November. With corporations as citizens, with jean-clad CEOs as governors and with an amnesiac public convinced that their problems stem from the quickly vanishing middle class, what's a non-billionaire to do?

Humor Brings Light Instead of Darkness to Political Ads

Christopher Lamb | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

Humor brings light instead of darkness to political advertising. Does it give us better politicians than the ones who hide behind attack ads?

There's One Political Ad Every Two Minutes In These Two States

Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. A warning...

Shedding New Light on Dark Money

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Timothy Karr

While its not likely to stifle the flood of money being spent on political ads, the FCC's online file will help shed light on the groups that are spending so much -- giving voters more clarity on who's trying to influence their choices at the ballot box.

The REAL House of Cards: Political Campaigns and TV Ads

Nicco Mele | Posted 07.22.2014 | Media
Nicco Mele

We've lived through an era of raising money for two years in order to hire a media consultant to cut half a dozen 30 second spots in the last six weeks before the election: Where we're headed won't look anything like that.

Are Political Lies Constitutional?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Popular political speech needs no protection from the First Amendment -- it never has. It is unpopular political speech -- even downright lies -- which need defending by the courts. As ignoble and as impure as that may sound.