The Honest Ads Act

Issue One's one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about legislation to combat the problem of hidden foreign disinformation campaigns by implementing a disclosure system for paid, online political advertising.

The bipartisan, bicameral Honest Ads Act — introduced as S. 1989 by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and as H.R. 4077 by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) — is intended to be a carefully crafted first step to stop foreign interference in U.S. elections.

The bill would implement a common-sense disclosure system for paid, online political advertising, closely modeled on longstanding Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules for paid political advertising on television and radio. The act addresses deficiencies in political disclosure rules that allow foreign actors to influence American politics anonymously through paid online advertising.