Protect U.S. Elections and U.S. Democracy with the Honest Ads Act

Thanks to 5Calls.org for this action!

The House and the Senate have introduced the bipartisan Honest Ads Act. This legislation supported on both sides of the aisle would update standards for political advertising, and reduce the potential for foreign interference in U.S. elections.

Highlights of the Honest Ads Act:

  • all online ads would have to include a disclosure statement that the ad is a political ad;

  • online platforms running political ads would have to record the ad in a public database;

    online platforms would have to make "all reasonable efforts" to ensure that they do not accept political ads paid for by foreign citizens or governments – just as radio and television broadcasters must already do.

While this legislation is not enough by itself to address Russian government election interference, it's a decent first-step, and it is supported by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Let's tell our MOCs we need more accountability by social media and other online platforms to prevent U.S. elections from being derailed AGAIN by foreign interest.

It’s the weekend, so feel free to email or to call and leave voicemail for lawmakers.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040; email link: https://jayapal.house.gov/contact/email/

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180; email link: https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact

Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545; email link: https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/mobile/contactme

Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400 ; email link: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form

SCRIPT/SUGGESTED THOUGHTS:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I read that the Honest Ads Act has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. After evidence of foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, we need more safeguards to protect our election process and our democratic system of representation. I am calling to express my support for the Honest Ads Act. Please work to pass this legislation.”

Background:

"Honest Ads Act” (Senator Mark Warner, introducer of the Act) - https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/the-honest-ads-act

"Protect Elections with the Honest Ads Act" (Seattle Times Opinion) - https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/protect-elections-with-honest-ads-act/

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EVENTS

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. June 25, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with staffers from our lawmakers' offices.