Truth in Political Advertising:
Illinois’ New Disclosure Requirement
October 5, 2004
Nobody, not political parties, not voters, not even the candidates, says they love to watch political attack ads. Not surprisingly, many of the most negative ads aren’t even sponsored by candidates. Instead, the attacks are launched by outside groups, sometimes shadowy, fly-by-night outfits. But a new section of Illinois’ election code will help voters to understand who is paying for these ads, and who really stands behind their messages.