Legal note: Take Back Action Fund (classified by the IRS as a 501c4) was set up by our organization Take Back Our Republic (a 501c3), but is governed separately. While the request to the FEC referenced was made by that 501c4, the basic theme of support for transparency by Facebook and other organizations made this a victory for Take Back Our Republic and all groups seeking to educate the public on the need for transparency in political giving.
“We are overjoyed at the decision and hope it will have the effect of stopping anonymous attacks,” said Pudner, of Take Back Action Fund. “We think that this is a matter of the voter’s right to know.”
The story outlined the arguments made by Take Back Our Republic’s sister organization in favor of the voters’ right to know who pays for Facebook ads, and the arguments made by Facebook’s trade association against disclosure. Despite the win, ProPublica captured hundreds of non-compliant ads from groups as far apart as Trump 2020 on the right, to the recreated ad in the photo above attacking President Trump, which did not disclose it was paid for by the Democratic National Committee.
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