In the midst of the ongoing debate surrounding President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America launched an attack ad against Kentucky Senator Rand Paul for supporting the negotiations.
FSPA became the subject of curiosity and criticism when it began a smear campaign against Paul the day after he announced his presidential run.
A Political Ad Transparency Loophole?
Although the group spent $1 million on the initial ad alone, FSPA is a 501(c)(4) and is therefore under no legal obligation to disclose its donors. That makes it a nonprofit organization – not a political action committee.
This week they struck Paul again – releasing yet another attack ad that condemns his wishy-washy stance on how to best deal with Iran. The clip vilifies President Obama, and portrays Paul as a spineless follower, calling on the GOP Senator to reaffirm his commitment to his party and join the movement to stop the nuclear deal.
When FSPA launched a pro-John McCain ad, McCain criticized the group’s suspicious anonymity and requested that it be pulled from the air.
Insiders and political junkies know that we’ll see more money spent on this 2016 election cycle than ever before.
With billions of dollars spent on traditional and digital media, dark money and loose paper trails will make it increasingly difficult to follow the money – and discover who’s behind these political ads.
This article originally appeared at I Agree to See.