Skoufis bill mandating campaign ad disclosure signed into law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill sponsored by Sen. James Skoufis that requires all political ads and mailings identify who paid for them so opponents can no longer lob anonymous attacks at candidates and elected officials.

Those ads and materials must now bear a “paid for by” message, just as federal campaign materials are required to do and as other states already demand.

“Voters deserve full transparency when it comes to political communications – and now, finally, they’ll get it,” Skoufis said in a statement.

Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, a Rockland County Democrat, sponsored the bill in the Assembly, where it had passed four years in a row. The Senate had never taken it up while that chamber was in Republican control, but passed in a 61-1 vote in June with Democrats in the majority and Skoufis as the new sponsor.

Skoufis noted in his statement that he had been the target of anonymous mailings and robocalls attacking him. “I know first-hand the confusion caused by these deceptive practices, especially when messages come from seemingly legitimate sources with no ‘paid for by’ disclaimer,” he said. “We all have a right to vote in honest and fair elections, and this new law is a significant step forward.” 

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