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FCC says pay TV providers and radio stations must put political ad spending information online

FCC says pay TV providers and radio stations must put political ad spending information online

Federal regulators on Thursday voted to give the public easier access to data about advertising spending by presidential candidates and other political campaigns, requiring pay-TV providers and radio stations to post the information on an Internet database.

The 5-0 vote by the Federal Communications Commission expands a requirement that was placed on TV broadcasters in 2012 to make their so-called public files available on a central agency database instead of forcing people to physically view paper files at stations.

The expanded rules are expected to go into effect in time for the heavy political ad spending leading up to...

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