In a push to expose the billionaires trying to influence elections, advocacy groups filed complaints Thursday against 18 television stations that aired ads for the Independence USA PAC.
That political action committee, according to the complaints, is entirely funded by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The television stations should have required that the ads identify Bloomberg by name, the advocacy groups argued. The groups—Common Cause, the Sunlight Foundation, and the Campaign Legal Center—didn’t file their complaints with the Federal Election Commission, the usual agency for regulating campaign finance issues.
Instead, the groups are urging the Federal Communications Commission to aggressively use its power over the nation’s airwaves to make political spending more transparent. Continue...