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Eric Wang Discusses Online Campaign Ad Provisions in House Democrats’ H.R. 1 Bill

The Wall Street Journal
January 9, 2019

Eric Wang, special counsel in Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was quoted by The Wall Street Journal in a January 7 editorial about H.R. 1, the House Democrats’ broad government overhaul bill. The legislation’s campaign finance provisions include reporting and recordkeeping requirements for campaign communications on online platforms that run paid advertising. 

Mr. Wang, who is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Free Speech, said the House bill would subject online ads to rules that would not apply to television or radio ads. The bill’s expanded definition of “electioneering communications” would cover online “communications that are not even targeted to any relevant electorate,” he said. “In other words, an online ad only running in Texas that named a Senate leader from New York would become a regulated communication. A similar TV or radio ad would not.”

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