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Gaping holes, confusion mar FCC's data on political ad buys

An ad sponsored by the NRA-ILA attacking Indiana Senate candidate Evan Bayh (D). By: Soo Rin Kim Four years after it began requiring TV stations to upload their records of political ad sales to a central government website, the Federal Communications Commission maintains a recordkeeping system that makes finding out who an ad's sponsor is feel like a treasure hunt. In 2012, the FCC approved a rule requiring broadcast stations in the largest markets to upload the files showing who bought time for political ads, how much they paid and other details, saving journalists and others from having to visit to individual TV stations to get the info.
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