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 is the best first step to stopping hidden, foreign disinformation campaigns in our elections. It was re-introduced in the 116th Congress as S. 1356 by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and as H.R. 2592 in the House by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) with 26 cosponsors, evenly split among Democrats and Republicans. The bill was first introduced in the 115th Congress as S. 1989 by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), and the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and as H.R. 4077 by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO).

The bill would implement a commonsense 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.