MADISON, Wis. (AP) – There’s a federal effort to require TV
stations to post political-advertising information online, but a
Wisconsin broadcasters group is pushing back.
Broadcasters already have to provide paper copies of their
political-ad data at the stations. The government wants to
modernize the system with a national online database.
The National Association of Broadcasters has been fighting the
move. A Wisconsin Public Radio report (http://bit.ly/Ka8cbs ) says
a Wisconsin group backs the NAB.
Michelle Vetterkind heads the Wisconsin Broadcasters
Association. She says the rule is unfair because it would apply to
TV broadcasters but not satellite and cable companies.
But the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council says putting
the information online would increase transparency. Council
President Bill Lueders (LEE’-derz) says a database would help show
the influence of outside groups on political advertising.
Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org
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