TV Ad Disclaimers

Tonight is all about disclaimers, so that’s our focus. SEIU COPE ran ads supporting Barack Obama for President.  SEIU COPE’s full name, Service Employees International Union Committee on Public Education, is a mouthful, so I can see why they would want to abbreviate it both in the spoken and written required disclaimers, as they did on the version of the ad on youtube.  The FEC seems to condone abbreviations of PAC names and “PAC” itself under many circumstances, yet appears to insist that disclaimers include the full name of the PAC sponsoring a communication, rather than an abbreviation.

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