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How Political Donations by Text Message Might Work

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 8 2012

The Federal Election Commission is expected today or Monday to release an advisory opinion about a company that proposes to collect political donations by text message, something that campaigns have long hoped to be able to accomplish. By all accounts, the FEC is on the verge of approving political donations via text. Read More

New Rules for Online Politics Could Be On the Horizon

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 23 2011

As Facebook, Google and Twitter look to get deeper into the political advertising business, the Federal Election Commission may alter the way it regulates how campaigns use those companies' advertising services. The FEC ... Read More

No Help for Facebook from FEC on Disclaimers for Political Ads

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 16 2011

Since April, Facebook has been seeking exemption from Federal Elections Commission rules so that small text ads from political campaigns would be explicitly excused from carrying a disclaimer about who paid for the ads ... Read More

'I will be one of the first to put my FEC reports online,' Gillibrand says

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 6 2011

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at Personal Democracy Forum 2011. Photo: Esty Stein / Personal Democracy Forum Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will publish her Federal Election Commission campaign finance disclosures online, in ... Read More

Facebook Says Tiny Ads Don't Make for Good Disclosure

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 11 2011

Facebook is telling the FEC that the design of its ads isn't welcoming to campaign disclosures, reports Politico's Jennifer Epstein: The company says it has made a conscious decision to keep the ads on its site small and ... Read More

Mobile Lobby Asks FEC to Okay Donation-by-Text

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 17 2010

Photo credit: Moritz Petersen Politico's Kim Hart reports that the cellular lobby is asking federal regulators to okay the collection of Read More

Disclosure in the Tiny Ad Space

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, September 9 2010

Politico's Morning Tech has some great reporting on Google's request for the Federal Election Commission to clarify how online political ad disclosure requirements, an in particular the application of disclosures that ... Read More

The Numbers Behind Palin's Facebook Strategy

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, July 12 2010

One set of numbers jumps out from Sarah Palin's campaign finance reports, filed with the FEC last night, and that's some $22,000 paid by Sarah PAC over the last three months to the firm Aries Petra Consulting. Read More

Political Software Giants Battle Over Data Use, Branding

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 29 2010

The messy back-and-forth between two well-known DC-based political software firms, NGP and Aristotle, has reached at least one point of resolution. According to a press release being mailed around by the latter firm, the ... Read More

Can the Internet Counter the Coming Gusher of Money in Politics?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 21 2010

It's interesting to see how the Internet factors into the Supreme Court's earthshaking decision in the Citizens United case to overturn a century's worth of jurisprudence restricting corporate and union money in ... Read More