why do political ads not have to abide by truth in advertising laws?

Posted on September 4th, 2011 by admin1 in Political Advertising

So many of the ads for one candidate or the other that I am seeing , simply are not truthful. When I research their claims, I find the ad is knowingly lying. Why are they not prosecuted under truth in advertising? Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you can lie.

You are correct. Political ads do not need to be truthful. They are exempt from truth-in-advertising laws. The reason is simple: political speech, unlike commerce, is protected by the First Amendment.

Here’s just one of many articles on the subject: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1843796,00.html

6 Comments on “why do political ads not have to abide by truth in advertising laws?”

  1. Lynn Bodoni

    For the same reason that political telemarketing is exempt from the telemarketing laws. Politicians make the laws, and they’ll exclude themselves from any law they don’t feel like obeying.References :

  2. Jay

    You are correct. Political ads do not need to be truthful. They are exempt from truth-in-advertising laws. The reason is simple: political speech, unlike commerce, is protected by the First Amendment.

    Here’s just one of many articles on the subject: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1843796,00.htmlReferences :

  3. Scrotie Mcboogerballs

    It’s because they’re made by politicians, dummy.

    Politicians aren’t allowed to speak the truth. Lobbyists make sure of that fact.

    Also, without lies politicians wouldn’t have anything to say.References :

  4. laughter_every_day

    Actually freedom of speech does mean you can lie, free from government restraints. The notion is that robust political debate is good for the nation and must be unfettered. BTW, your assumption that there is some "truth in advertising" law that requires all advertising to be truthful in every way is grossly incorrect.References :

  5. No Chance Without River Euphrates

    Do you know how to tell when a politician is lying?

    Their lips are moving.References :

  6. Alissa Peppray

    I am agree with lynn…
    politician are exclude from any laws…References : post the ads of your products here http://geboon.com/

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