About the bill
Television and radio have long been required to disclose the purchasers and content of all who purchase advertisements on their stations. Internet companies have not.
A newly introduced bill would be the first to hold internet ads to the same transparency requirements.
What the bill does
The Honest Ads Act, numbered S. 1989 in the Senate and H.R. 4077 in the House, would mandate that internet companies reveal the identities and content of advertisements related to elections or campaigns.
Specifically, this would be done by amending a decades-old existing campaign finance law from 1971, by adding the phrase “paid internet or paid digital communication” to its list of media forms subject to the law.
It would also require any website with at least 50 million monthly viewers — including Facebook, …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 6th congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2017
Length: 22 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on October 19, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
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23 Cosponsors (12 Republicans, 11 Democrats)
What legislators are saying
“Kilmer Statement on Facebook’s Endorsement of the Honest Ads Act”
— Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA6] (Sponsor) on Apr 6, 2018
“Stefanik Continues to Lead on Countering Russian Aggression”
— Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY21] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 19, 2018
“Lance Statement on Indictment of Russian Operatives”
— Rep. Leonard Lance [R-NJ7, 2009-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 15, 2018
Oct 19, 2017
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May 8, 2019
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 2592 (116th).
H.R. 4077 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4077. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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