As the 2018 election cycle approaches, saturating airwaves and stuffing mailboxes with campaign advertisements, a Nebraska state senator is pushing for greater transparency and accountability for candidate-specific materials.
Introduced by Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue,
LB839 reworks a bill she introduced last year requiring additional reporting by individuals and organizations buying ads and sending mailers that name specific candidates.
It would require any person who buys more than $250 of campaign commercials, flyers or other “electioneering communication” materials in the 60 days leading up to an election to report to the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
Details regarding who paid for the advertisement or mailer, how much was paid, how it was distributed and the subject targeted by it would be included in the report.
“I think it’s an important issue for us to continue to refine and examine and push,” Crawford said. Read more...