Friday, March 28, 2008

Board may regulate issue ads

Mark Pitsch reported in the Wisconsin State Journal
Displaying a willingness to exercise its newly granted authority, the state Government Accountability Board voted Wednesday to consider regulating the thinly veiled campaign spots known as issue ads.

The Board voted to ask the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University to propose rules for review by Board staff.
Deborah Goldberg, the director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center who urged the board Wednesday to regulate issue ads, said the board could consider:

- Requiring disclosure of all individuals, corporations and groups that fund issue ads.

- Declaring that ads discussing the character and qualifications of a candidate don 't fit the definition of issue ads and instead advocate for or against a candidate.

- Declaring all ads in state Supreme Court races are advocacy ads, thus requiring the disclosure of donors for ads in those races only.

(via Christian Schneider at Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Voters’ Date of Birth: Yesterday)