The For the People Act (HR1/S1) is a once-in-a-generation democracy reform package to clean up our political system, expand and protect voting rights, get big money out of politics, hold elected officials accountable for corruption, and create a democracy that values the voices of all Americans.
This bill also begins to address the online disinformation crisis by codifying three critical provisions that will allow more transparency in the political ad space including:
-Expanding disclosure rules to online “electioneering communications.” This would require large online platforms to maintain a public database of all online political ads shown to their users — and to provide information on who the ads targeted, the buyer, and the rates charged.
-Clarifying that digital political ads are subject to the same disclaimer requirements as offline communications; and,
-Mandating online platforms make all reasonable efforts to prevent foreign individuals and entities from purchasing political advertisements to influence the American electorate.
The House passed the For the People Act in early March 2021. Now, it will go to the Senate where Democrats hold the majority and must use that majority to fix our democracy.