- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Energy and CommerceIntroducedJanuary 30th, 2019
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The high cost of buying advertisements for their campaigns makes candidates for public office beholden to special interests’ financial support, perverting American democracy. Giving political campaigns free air time would remove this pressure on political candidates, and give campaigns with less money a better chance.
It’d be unconstitutional to require broadcasters to give free air time to political campaigns, as it’d violate either — or both — the First and Fifth Amendments. Additionally, given the range of mediums for campaigns to get their messages to voters, it’s no longer crucial to have TV advertising, so this bill’s impact would be less than advocates suggest.