Rick Karlin reports in Capitol Confidential
that not everyone is thrilled with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal for full disclosure of who is behind online political and advocacy advertisements. The New York News Publishers Association says the proposal fails to define the term “online platform,” so it is unknown whether it would apply to blogs, websites that don't publish printed papers, or just newspaper's websites. “Aside from the obvious First Amendment implications of requiring news organizations to act as compliance agents of state government, the proposal raises a number of questions.” NYNPA said in a statement. “How will these organizations develop sufficient expertise in New York State Election Law to discern which advertising refers to a ‘ballot proposal,’ or would fall under the complex definition of an independent expenditure committee?” the association said in the statement. The proposal surfaced in response to Russian interference in the 2016 election with online ads and posts. Cuomo said the proposal would “ensure New York’s elections are fair, transparent and free from foreign influence.” Read the full story in Capitol Confidential.