Only half the members of a federal commission advising states on election threats have security clearances, raising questions about whether it can effectively help local and state officials defend against adversaries such as Russian hackers. And no members of the four-person Election Assistance Commission had clearances during the past two election cycles, including the period when Kremlin-linked hackers are suspected of mounting a range of cyberattacks against state election offices, the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016.Story Continued Below The delay in issuing security clearances for commission members is part of a massive backlog of application approvals throughout the entire federal government. But it’s a particularly acute problem for the EAC, one of the key agencies offering guidance to state and local officials about how to protect themselves from security risks. “The people entrusted with securing our elections need to know what threats … [Read more...] about Lack of security clearances hampers federal election panel
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The FEC will not investigate President Donald Trump’s political campaign for enriching his businesses after considering a complaint from a liberal watchdog group, which alleged that Trump’s boasting about his hotels and use of his private jets constituted a violation of campaign law. The agency released its decision Friday, two years after the complaint was filed during the 2016 primaries, when then-candidate Trump plugged Trump-branded wine, steaks and golf courses during political events and held press conferences at Trump properties. The complaint from American Democracy Legal Fund alleged that represented a use of campaign funds to further Trump’s business and personal interests in violation of campaign finance law. Additional complaints alleged that Trump had “charged his own campaign significantly more money” for events than he had charged others for similar events. Story Continued Below But the FEC dismissed the complaints on a 3-1 vote, with … [Read more...] about FEC dismisses self-enrichment complaint against Trump campaign
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has expressed support for one specific piece of legislation: The Honest Ads Act. The bipartisan bill is fast gaining traction -- Twitter said Tuesday that it supports it too. So what would the Honest Ads Act do? The goal is to provide more transparency for online political advertisements, sparked by the revelations that Russian nationals bought political ads on social networks including Facebook. It was introduced last October by Senators Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and John McCain (R-Arizona), and here's how the bill proposes to fix the problem. Facebook and its rivals would create a public record of political ads Digital platforms with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors would have to maintain a "complete record" of advertisers who have spent more than $500 on ads during the previous year. Those records would be available to the public, and include a digital copy of the ad, as well as a … [Read more...] about Facebook: What is the Honest Ads Act?
Facebook will soon require political campaigns, advocacy groups and other entities that purchase ads about hot-button policy debates to disclose more information about themselves, as the social giant looks to prevent malicious actors from secretly spreading disinformation on its site.The new rules governing “issue ads,” announced Friday, are aimed at Russia’s internet trolls and their ilk, which surreptitiously bought ads about contentious topics such as race, gun control and gay rights during the 2016 presidential campaign to try to stir social discord in the United States.“These steps by themselves won’t stop all people trying to game the system,” wrote Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in a post Friday. “But they will make it a lot harder for anyone to do what the Russians did during the 2016 election and use fake accounts and pages to run ads.”Zuckerberg also offered Facebook’s clearest support yet for pending federal … [Read more...] about Facebook’s new rules aim to thwart the kind of ads bought by Russian trolls during election
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Technology by Tony Romm by Tony Romm Email the author April 6 at 2:01 PM Email the author From left: Democratic Reps. Denny Heck (Wash.), Joaquin Castro (Tex.) and Eric Swalwell (Calif.) question Facebook, Twitter and Google counsels about Russian ads on their platforms. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) Facebook will soon require political campaigns, advocacy groups and other entities that purchase ads about hot-button policy debates to disclose more information about themselves, as the social giant looks to prevent malicious actors from secretly spreading disinformation on its site. The … [Read more...] about Facebook’s new rules aim to thwart the kind of ads bought by Russian trolls during the election