Lawmakers Want Those Behind Paid Political Ads to be More Transparent

Nick Reisman

May 24, 2019

Originally published in Spectrum News on May 24, 2019.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require campaign mailers and robocalls to disclose who paid for the advertising. Bill sponsor, Senator James Skoufis, says the bill is a needed dose of transparency. 

"Voters deserve to know where these messages are coming from. Often times you can trace motivation, depending on what group is sending out those messages," Skoufis said. 

The bill is partly inspired by Skoufis's own experiences during election season, after he was targeted by ads without any sources of funding disclosing who was behind them.