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NYS Assembly passes Democracy Protection Act

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo co-sponsors the bill

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The New York State Assembly has passed a bill that would require disclosure of the source of all paid political communications.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo is a co-sponsor of the Democracy Protection Act.

It would extend existing federal requirements that govern TV, radio and newspaper ads to all paid political advertising on the internet and social media.

This would mandate a "paid for by" statement listing the person or organization who purchased the ad.

Lupardo says it's a direct response to Russian meddling in the last presidential election.

"We're very conscientious whenever we purchase ads during a campaign, but not everyone is.  And we find that consumers are really getting very anxious.  Now that they're very tuned into the idea of fake news, they want to know.  And we want to educate them by saying that in New York State, we want people to know who's paying for these advertisements," said  Lupardo.

To become law, the bill must be considered by the Senate Elections Committee which is chaired by Republican Senator Fred Akshar.

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