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S. 1989 (115th): Honest Ads Act

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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

Amy Klobuchar

Sponsor. Senator for Minnesota. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 19, 2017
Length: 22 pages
Oct 19, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on October 19, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


32 Cosponsors (30 Democrats, 1 Republican, 1 Independent)



Oct 19, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 1989 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1989. 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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