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Broadcasters Fail To Disclose Public Data, But Expect Billions in Revenue

Broadcast television stations , who are paid billions by candidates and campaigns for political advertising on public airwaves, are not meeting federal disclosure requirements, according to two groups who have filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission.  

The Campaign Legal Center and the Sunlight Foundation have filed compliants with the FCC against 11 broadcast stations for failure to publicly disclose legally-required information about sponsors of political ads they aired this year.  

The complaints were the result of a review of the stations’ online political files, which showed widespread noncompliance with the disclosure requirements to identify the candidate to which the ad refers, the issue, and the CEO or board of directors of the sponsor.  

The broadcast stations include  NBC, ABC, CBS, or Fox  affiliates in Charlotte, N.C.; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Durham, N.C.; Manchester, N.H.; Miami, Fla.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Tampa. Fla.  

View the press release  including links to specific complaints.  

Moody’s announced they do not expect broadcasters to bring in more than $2.6 billion from political advertising in 2014.