Blunt Introduces Bill for Transparency in Government Ads

Sen. Roy Blunt

Sen. Roy Blunt / AP


Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) introduced a bill Tuesday to require the government to disclose when it uses taxpayer money for advertising campaigns.

The "Taxpayer Transparency Act," cosponsored by Sens. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), will require that the government to place the disclaimer "paid for by taxpayers" on its advertisements in newspapers, billboards, flyers, radio, television, and Internet communications.

The bill comes several months after the Department of Health and Human Services released its plan to spend $12 million on advertising for Obamacare.

"Americans have a right to know how the federal government is spending their hard-earned taxpayer dollars – especially when that money is being wasted on Obamacare propaganda," Blunt said in a statement. "This common-sense bill promotes government transparency and accountability by requiring all federal agencies to include disclaimers when advertising materials are paid for on the taxpayers’ dime."

The government spent $892,100,103 on advertising in fiscal year 2013.