• Six Priorities for the Wheeler FCC

    As Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Michael O’Rielly arrive at the Federal Communications Commission, they face historic challenges and opportunities to shape the ways we connect and communicate for decades to come.

    Here’s how the FCC should ensure that our public network and public airwaves provide better choices and more voices — by maintaining universal communications service, increasing media diversity, supporting local news and emphasizing political transparency.

    November 6, 2013
  • Public Interest Groups Urge FCC to Continue Improving Political Ad Transparency

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

    August 26, 2013
  • Missing Out: Political Ads, Spanish-Language TV and the Latino Vote

    The Free Press report Missing Out: Political Ads, Spanish-Language TV and the Latino Vote examines political ad spending in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida and New Mexico.

    November 2, 2012
  • Money, News and Deception in Denver

    Our new report tracks political ad spending in Denver. Since Aug. 1, campaigns, Super PACs and other groups have bought time to air more than 26,000 ads on the city’s four major-network affiliate stations. Many of the ads — if not most of them — contain misleading information. But that hasn’t stopped these stations from continuing to do business with the groups that have purchased ad time — even groups that local newscasters called out for spreading dishonest information. In this report, Free Press focuses on ads from the five Super PACs and outside groups spending the most in Denver. Read the full report here.
    October 1, 2012
  • Left in the Dark: Local Election Coverage in the Age of Big-Money Politics

    With more than $3.3 billion in political ad spending projected by Election Day, Free Press has turned its attention to the local television stations airing these ads. Left in the Dark explores whether stations barraging viewers with political ads are balancing this out with coverage of the role money is playing in this year’s elections. Read the full report here.

    September 24, 2012
  • Money, Media and Elections Tumblr

    Check out our Tumblr,, for the latest news on our political file work.

    Free Press fought in the field, at the FCC and in court to get broadcasters to post their political files online. These files contain crucial information about who’s paying to sway our vote.

    August 21, 2012
  • Citizens Inundated: The Report

    Our new report, Citizens Inundated, exposes both sides of the Citizens United problem — where the billions of dollars in special interest money are coming from and where they're going.

    June 21, 2012
  • Media's Political Spin Cycle Infographic

    Check out Free Press' infographic depicting the Media's Political Spin Cycle.
    June 19, 2012

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