S. 1989 - Honest Ads Act

Government operations and politics. 115th Congress (2017-2018) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to enhance transparency and accountability for online political advertisements by requiring those who purchase and publish such ads to disclose information about the advertisements to the public, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been referred to committee. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Honest Ads Act

S. 1989 — 115th Congress (2017–2018)

Summary
A bill to enhance transparency and accountability for online political advertisements by requiring those who purchase and publish such ads to disclose information about the advertisements to the public, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to enhance transparency and accountability for online political advertisements by requiring those who purchase and publish such ads to disclose information about the advertisements to the public, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Honest Ads Act
  • Honest Ads Act
  • Honest Ads Act
Sponsor
Amy Klobuchar
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Government operations and politics
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced10/19/2017
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced10/19/2017
10/19/2017Introduced in Senate
10/19/2017Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
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Contributions

  1. November - December 2010 For $38,703 Against $0
  2. January - February 2011 For $139,925 Against $0
  3. March - April 2011 For $283,467 Against $0
  4. May - June 2011 For $260,702 Against $0
  5. July - August 2011 For $113,998 Against $0
  6. September - October 2011 For $503,744 Against $0
  7. November - December 2011 For $342,499 Against $0
  8. January - February 2012 For $272,378 Against $0
  9. March - April 2012 For $584,228 Against $0
  10. May - June 2012 For $899,977 Against $0
  11. July - August 2012 For $649,616 Against $0
  12. September - October 2012 For $2,118,773 Against $0
  13. November - December 2012 For $175,529 Against $0
  14. January - February 2013 For $167,610 Against $0
  15. March - April 2013 For $377,108 Against $0
  16. May - June 2013 For $351,103 Against $0
  17. July - August 2013 For $106,436 Against $0
  18. September - October 2013 For $171,062 Against $0
  19. November - December 2013 For $183,224 Against $0
  20. January - February 2014 For $160,753 Against $0
  21. March - April 2014 For $320,909 Against $0
  22. May - June 2014 For $517,614 Against $0
  23. July - August 2014 For $279,591 Against $0
  24. September - October 2014 For $762,293 Against $0
  25. November - December 2014 For $43,421 Against $0
  26. January - February 2015 For $142,501 Against $0
  27. March - April 2015 For $581,485 Against $0
  28. May - June 2015 For $465,948 Against $0
  29. July - August 2015 For $216,580 Against $0
  30. September - October 2015 For $539,404 Against $0
  31. November - December 2015 For $597,248 Against $0
  32. January - February 2016 For $341,014 Against $0
  33. March - April 2016 For $828,896 Against $0
  34. May - June 2016 For $1,174,405 Against $0
  35. July - August 2016 For $957,239 Against $0
  36. September - October 2016 For $1,912,238 Against $0
  37. November - December 2016 For $141,952 Against $0

Votes

    11 Organizations Support and 0 Oppose; See Which Ones

    Organizations that took a position on
    Honest Ads Act

    11 organizations support this bill

    Brennan Center for Justice
    Co-signers (2017, October 23). Honest Ads Act. Retrieved October 23, 2017, from EPIC.
    Campaign Legal Center
    Co-signers (2017, October 23). Honest Ads Act. Retrieved October 23, 2017, from EPIC.
    Common Cause
    Common Cause (2017, October 19). Klobuchar, Warner, McCain Online Transparency Bill Good First Step in Response to Russian Election Attacks. Retrieved October 23, 2017, from Common Cause.
    Consumer Action
    Consumer Action (2018, April 5). Consumer Action - Action Center. Retrieved April 5, 2018, from Consumer Action.
    Electronic Privacy Information Center
    Co-signers (2017, October 23). Honest Ads Act. Retrieved October 23, 2017, from EPIC.
    Facebook
    Facebook (2018, April 6). Mark Zuckerberg Statement on Political Ads Transparency. Retrieved April 6, 2018, from Facebook.
    Issue One
    Co-signers (2017, October 23). Honest Ads Act. Retrieved October 23, 2017, from EPIC.
    Public Citizen
    Co-signers (2017, October 23). Honest Ads Act. Retrieved October 23, 2017, from EPIC.
    Sierra Club
    Sierra Club (2017, December 8). Disclose who pays for online political ads. Retrieved April 6, 2018, from Sierra Rise.
    Sunlight Foundation
    Sunlight Foundation (2017, October 19). Honest Ads Act would add needed transparency and accountability to online political ads. Retrieved October 23, 2017, from Sunlight Foundation.
    Twitter
    Twitter (2018, April 10). Twitter Supports the Honest Ads Act. Retrieved April 10, 2018, from Twitter.

    0 organizations oppose this bill

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    Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 115th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
    Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

    Contributions by Legislator

    Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Support
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Oppose
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$23,600$0
    Tammy BaldwinDWI$721,492$0
    John BarrassoRWY$9,500$0
    Michael F. BennetDCO$1,189,654$0
    Richard BlumenthalDCT$101,329$0
    Roy BluntRMO$22,300$0
    Cory A. BookerDNJ$280,938$0
    John BoozmanRAR$3,500$0
    Sherrod BrownDOH$639,421$0
    Richard BurrRNC$25,400$0
    Maria CantwellDWA$149,907$0
    Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$8,000$0
    Ben CardinDMD$42,025$0
    Tom CarperDDE$26,800$0
    Bob CaseyDPA$90,404$0
    Bill CassidyRLA$40,900$0
    Susan M. CollinsRME$41,550$0
    Christopher A. CoonsDDE$101,779$0
    Bob CorkerRTN$4,000$0
    John CornynRTX$15,000$0
    Catherine Cortez MastoDNV$1,562,285$0
    Tom CottonRAR$11,900$0
    Mike CrapoRID$2,500$0
    Ted CruzRTX$13,750$0
    Steve DainesRMT$5,500$0
    Joe DonnellyDIN$89,365$0
    Tammy DuckworthDIL$1,018,733$0
    Dick DurbinDIL$112,386$0
    Mike EnziRWY$1,000$0
    Joni ErnstRIA$5,500$0
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$27,972$0
    Deb FischerRNE$8,750$0
    Jeff FlakeRAZ$13,500$0
    Cory GardnerRCO$15,050$0
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$194,871$0
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$46,663$0
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$15,200$0
    Kamala D. HarrisDCA$501,958$0
    Margaret Wood HassanDNH$1,061,098$0
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$19,700$0
    Martin HeinrichDNM$426,156$0
    Heidi HeitkampDND$64,765$0
    Dean HellerRNV$16,500$0
    Mazie K. HironoDHI$128,614$0
    John HoevenRND$9,500$0
    Jim InhofeROK$500$0
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$2,500$0
    Ron JohnsonRWI$6,000$0
    Tim KaineDVA$661,908$0
    John KennedyRLA$0$0
    Angus S. King, Jr.IME$75,485$0
    Amy KlobucharDMN$65,213$0
    James LankfordROK$500$0
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$125,458$0
    Mike LeeRUT$41,100$0
    Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$36,625$0
    Ed MarkeyDMA$580,823$0
    John McCainRAZ$7,200$0
    Claire McCaskillDMO$167,486$0
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$34,100$0
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$31,200$0
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$244,823$0
    Jerry MoranRKS$17,500$0
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$15,050$0
    Chris MurphyDCT$398,264$0
    Patty MurrayDWA$318,308$0
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$161,925$0
    Rand PaulRKY$16,400$0
    David PerdueRGA$0$0
    Gary C. PetersDMI$692,459$0
    Rob PortmanROH$41,010$0
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$23,300$0
    Jim RischRID$1,000$0
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$1,000$0
    Mike RoundsRSD$1,000$0
    Marco RubioRFL$51,053$0
    Bernie SandersIVT$373,062$0
    Ben SasseRNE$3,500$0
    Brian SchatzDHI$407,015$0
    Chuck SchumerDNY$292,651$0
    Tim ScottRSC$13,000$0
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$342,098$0
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$0$0
    Debbie StabenowDMI$103,591$0
    Dan SullivanRAK$10,400$0
    Jon TesterDMT$415,801$0
    John ThuneRSD$23,425$0
    Thom TillisRNC$10,200$0
    Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$16,400$0
    Tom UdallDNM$267,033$0
    Chris Van HollenDMD$204,202$0
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$123,702$0
    Elizabeth WarrenDMA$1,981,743$0
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$157,167$0
    Roger F. WickerRMS$13,500$0
    Ron WydenDOR$233,928$0
    Todd YoungRIN$1,250$0

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    Legislator Filters
    Legislator Filters
    NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Support
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Oppose
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$23,600$0
    Tammy BaldwinDWI$721,492$0
    John BarrassoRWY$9,500$0
    Michael F. BennetDCO$1,189,654$0
    Richard BlumenthalDCT$101,329$0
    Roy BluntRMO$22,300$0
    Cory A. BookerDNJ$280,938$0
    John BoozmanRAR$3,500$0
    Sherrod BrownDOH$639,421$0
    Richard BurrRNC$25,400$0
    Maria CantwellDWA$149,907$0
    Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$8,000$0
    Ben CardinDMD$42,025$0
    Tom CarperDDE$26,800$0
    Bob CaseyDPA$90,404$0
    Bill CassidyRLA$40,900$0
    Susan M. CollinsRME$41,550$0
    Christopher A. CoonsDDE$101,779$0
    Bob CorkerRTN$4,000$0
    John CornynRTX$15,000$0
    Catherine Cortez MastoDNV$1,562,285$0
    Tom CottonRAR$11,900$0
    Mike CrapoRID$2,500$0
    Ted CruzRTX$13,750$0
    Steve DainesRMT$5,500$0
    Joe DonnellyDIN$89,365$0
    Tammy DuckworthDIL$1,018,733$0
    Dick DurbinDIL$112,386$0
    Mike EnziRWY$1,000$0
    Joni ErnstRIA$5,500$0
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$27,972$0
    Deb FischerRNE$8,750$0
    Jeff FlakeRAZ$13,500$0
    Cory GardnerRCO$15,050$0
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$194,871$0
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$46,663$0
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$15,200$0
    Kamala D. HarrisDCA$501,958$0
    Margaret Wood HassanDNH$1,061,098$0
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$19,700$0
    Martin HeinrichDNM$426,156$0
    Heidi HeitkampDND$64,765$0
    Dean HellerRNV$16,500$0
    Mazie K. HironoDHI$128,614$0
    John HoevenRND$9,500$0
    Jim InhofeROK$500$0
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$2,500$0
    Ron JohnsonRWI$6,000$0
    Tim KaineDVA$661,908$0
    John KennedyRLA$0$0
    Angus S. King, Jr.IME$75,485$0
    Amy KlobucharDMN$65,213$0
    James LankfordROK$500$0
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$125,458$0
    Mike LeeRUT$41,100$0
    Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$36,625$0
    Ed MarkeyDMA$580,823$0
    John McCainRAZ$7,200$0
    Claire McCaskillDMO$167,486$0
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$34,100$0
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$31,200$0
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$244,823$0
    Jerry MoranRKS$17,500$0
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$15,050$0
    Chris MurphyDCT$398,264$0
    Patty MurrayDWA$318,308$0
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$161,925$0
    Rand PaulRKY$16,400$0
    David PerdueRGA$0$0
    Gary C. PetersDMI$692,459$0
    Rob PortmanROH$41,010$0
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$23,300$0
    Jim RischRID$1,000$0
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$1,000$0
    Mike RoundsRSD$1,000$0
    Marco RubioRFL$51,053$0
    Bernie SandersIVT$373,062$0
    Ben SasseRNE$3,500$0
    Brian SchatzDHI$407,015$0
    Chuck SchumerDNY$292,651$0
    Tim ScottRSC$13,000$0
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$342,098$0
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$0$0
    Debbie StabenowDMI$103,591$0
    Dan SullivanRAK$10,400$0
    Jon TesterDMT$415,801$0
    John ThuneRSD$23,425$0
    Thom TillisRNC$10,200$0
    Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$16,400$0
    Tom UdallDNM$267,033$0
    Chris Van HollenDMD$204,202$0
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$123,702$0
    Elizabeth WarrenDMA$1,981,743$0
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$157,167$0
    Roger F. WickerRMS$13,500$0
    Ron WydenDOR$233,928$0
    Todd YoungRIN$1,250$0

    Interest Groups that support this bill

    $ Donated
    Democratic/Liberal$10,243,777
    Environmental policy$6,366,406
    Social Media$1,036,340
    Human Rights$66,400
    Consumer groups$10,650

    Interest Groups that oppose this bill

    $ Donated
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