TV stations are fighting efforts to put their public data on political advertisements online. So we’re doing it for them.
by DANIEL VICTOR, ProPublica
Every local broadcast station has a repository of documents about political advertising that you have a legal right to see but can do so only by going to the station and asking to see “the public file.”
These paper files contain detailed data on all political ads that run on the channel, such as when they aired, who bought the time and how much they paid. It’s a transparency gold mine, allowing the public to see how campaigns and outside groups are influencing elections. [MORE]