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Welcome to the Free Press blog! We post several times a week on everything from Internet access to free speech to media mergers, so check back often to see what we’re up to.

  • Money Changes Everything

    November 12, 2013

    There are all kinds of villains in life. Mosquitoes. Bad-hair days. People who lean on their car horns even though there’s no possible way outside of a James Bond movie you could make that left-hand turn without risking your own life, or at least the life of your elderly car.

  • What Ted Cruz Doesn't Want You to Know

    October 28, 2013
    By now it seems pretty clear that Sen. Ted Cruz has a plan to occupy the White House. But he doesn’t want people to know too much about it.
  • Five Questions for the Next FCC Chief

    June 18, 2013

    Tom Wheeler, the White House’s pick to head the Federal Communications Commission, was for years a well-heeled lobbyist for cable and wireless companies. He also served the president’s 2008 and 2012 election campaigns as a top “bundler,” raising more than $700,000 from undisclosed donors in support of Obama.

  • The Series of Tubes: Spying for Everyone!

    April 26, 2013
    Most weeks there’s more Internet-related news than people can handle. Given the constant flux, we at Free Press are taking a stab at listing, every Friday, the top five things you need to know about developments impacting Internet freedom.
  • Local TV, Political Consultants and Election Profiteering

    March 25, 2013

    A recent ProPublica investigation highlighted a network of political action committees that consultants and strategists set up as front groups designed to funnel money back to those who established them.

    In the report, which examined PAC expenditures, Kim Barket found that the PACs spent just a small percentage of the money they raised on concrete actions to get candidates elected.

  • Shadow Groups, Dark Money and a Silent FCC

    March 6, 2013

    The numbers are in and they add up to a big problem for our democracy.

    Local television stations raked in nearly $3 billion in revenues from political ads in 2012, according to data released by the Television Bureau of Advertising.

    In other words, American TV viewers had to sit through more than three million political ads during the election cycle.

  • Bring Dark Money to Account

    February 8, 2013

    Think the election season ended on Nov. 6? Think again.

    The shadowy Super PACs and front groups that polluted the airwaves with political ads are already raising millions from corporations and billionaires to batter television viewers with a new wave of ads.

  • Fixing the Media? We've Got Apps for That

    December 11, 2012

    What if there was a gadget that could fix everything that’s wrong with the media?

    There’s no such thing — yet.

    But at Free Press we’re building a people-powered machine that fights every day to change the media and build a better democracy. Click here to read about all of the “apps” that make Free Press such a powerful and effective tool for achieving lasting change.

  • Don't Believe the Spin. Dark Money Won.

    November 20, 2012

    Before Nov. 6 is written into history, we need to challenge assumptions now circulating among Washington’s pundit class.

    First, the Obama victory didn’t signal the demise of big-money politics. It didn’t spell the end of the Super PAC. And the election wasn’t a train wreck for political advertising — even after groups paid billions for spots in support of losing candidates.

  • Sinclair Hijacks the Airwaves for Political Gain

    November 12, 2012

    Lost in the media frenzy of last Tuesday’s elections was one broadcaster’s 11th-hour attempt to bias voters against President Barack Obama.

    Just hours before Americans went to the polls on Tuesday, Sinclair Broadcast Group — which owns more than 70 TV stations nationwide — forced newscasters in battleground states to air a “special” that attacked President Obama’s positions on health care, jobs and foreign policy.

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