At its January meeting the FCC is expected to include a rule requiring stations to upload information about any request to buy federal issue advertising onto a stations public file. The Commission already requires this information to be included in the public file as it is part of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. So there is no substantive change in the obligation. Rather the FCC’s decision will simply update its regulations to lay out the requirements.
In addition, the FCC is revising its definition of what constitutes a “legally qualified candidate for public office.” The Commission proposes to add the creation of a campaign website and the use of social media for the purpose of promoting or furthering a campaign for public office to the existing list of activities that may be considered in determining whether an individual running as a write-in candidate has made a “substantial showing” of his or her bona fide candidacy.
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