Tuesday, November 7 - Help Prevent Gun Violence / Online Ad Disclosures / #EndCrosscheck

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Team Up with Moms Demand Action to Prevent Gun Violence

  • Action 2: Tell Congress to Mandate the Disclosure of Online Political Ads

  • Action 3: Follow and Share to Help Us #EndCrosscheck

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Team Up with Moms Demand Action to Prevent Gun Violence

In the wake of yet another tragic gun massacre, Indivisible Chicago is supporting Moms Demand Action in the fight against gun violence. Although there is an unforgivable gridlock in Washington, there are concrete steps we can take Illinois to enact common sense gun legislation that will save lives.

Action 2: Tell Congress to Mandate the Disclosure of Online Political Ads

This fall, the US electorate learned that Russian operatives spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on political ads across Facebook, Twitter and Google to influence the outcome of the 2016 US elections. Because online political advertising is not currently covered by political ad disclosure regulations (unlike television, print, and radio advertising), these ads went undetected for over a year.

Campaign advertising requirements have not been substantively updated since the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, when Internet advertising was still in its early days. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Warner (D-VA) and John McCain (R-AZ) have introduced the bipartisan Honest Ads Act to update standards for political advertising and reduce the potential for foreign interference in future elections.

The bill would mandate that all online ads include a disclosure statement identifying the ad as a political one. The bill would also require that platforms running online political ads (such as Facebook, Twitter or Google) build and maintain public databases of these ads. The databases would include images of the ads as well as information about the buyer, linked organizations, cost, and targeting. Furthermore, online platforms would be required to make “all reasonable efforts” to ensure political ads are not being purchased by foreign citizens or governments, just as radio and television broadcasters must already do. 

The Honest Ads Act is not a sufficient standalone response to Russia's election interference in 2016, but it is a reasonable and necessary first step in safeguarding our democracy, informing our electorate, and ensuring campaign disclosure rules reflect the rapidly changing landscape of advertising and online media. Call congress today and demand that your reps support this bill!

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
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Script: Hello,I’ms [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [ZIP CODE] and member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling to ask {PERSON} to support the Honest Ads Act [H.R. 4077 if House, S. 1989 if Senate]. Holding online political ads to the same standard as ads published through other media is a critical first step in safeguarding our democracy and preventing foreign interference in elections. Thank you so much for your time.

Action 3: Help Indivisible Chicago #EndCrosscheck

Indivisible Chicago has long been fighting to end Illinois’ participation in the Crosscheck program, which has been used to disenfranchise voters across the country. To help get the word out about this harmful program, we’ve launched a brand new website: https://www.endcrosscheck.com

Visit and learn more about Crosscheck and what you can do to end it, and share the page with your social network. Follow us on Twitter @EndCrosscheck to stay tuned to the latest actions!

 



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