Press Releases

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  • Senate Confirms New FCC Chairman

    October 29, 2013
    WASHINGTON -- Late Tuesday, the Senate unanimously confirmed Tom Wheeler as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Michael O'Rielly was also confirmed as a commissioner.
  • Public Interest Groups Urge FCC to Continue Improving Political Ad Transparency

    August 26, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- On Monday, the Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition (PIPAC), whose members include the Benton Foundation, the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Free Press, the New America Foundation and the United Church of Christ Office of Communication Inc., along with the Center for Effective Government and the Sunlight Foundation, filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission about the agency’s rules requiring broadcasters to post their political files online.

  • Free Press Report Examines the Absence of Political Ads on Spanish-Language TV

    November 2, 2012
    On Friday, Free Press released Missing Out: Political Ads, Spanish-Language TV and the Latino Vote, a report analyzing political ad spending in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida and New Mexico. Political ad buys have skyrocketed to record-breaking levels nationwide, and much of that money is being spent in swing states, particularly by Super PACs and other third-party groups. But in the three states studied, Free Press found that few political ads have aired on Spanish-language stations.
  • Free Press Report Finds Electoral Coverage in Denver Doesn’t Offset Lies in Political Ads

    October 2, 2012

    WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Free Press released Money, News and Deception in Denver, a report focusing on the five third-party groups buying the most political ad time in Denver, host city to the Oct. 3 presidential debate.

  • TV Viewers 'Left in the Dark' About Flood of Political Ads

    September 24, 2012

    WASHINGTON – On Monday, Free Press released Left in the Dark, an analysis of political advertising and local news coverage in five cities — Charlotte, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Milwaukee and Tampa — where ad spending has skyrocketed this year.

  • Free Press Urges Public Broadcasters to Reject Attack Ads

    April 12, 2012

    WASHINGTON –– On Thursday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a ban on political advertising on public television and radio stations. The court said that permitting this type of advertising would not threaten or undermine the educational nature of public broadcast stations. It upheld the ban on advertising by commercial and for-profit companies.

  • New Report Shows Big-Money Politics and Broadcast Media Are Undermining Democracy

    January 26, 2012

    WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, Free Press released Citizens Inundated, a report that follows the money trail from big-spending political donors to the bank accounts of the nation's largest broadcast companies.

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