Preliminary Draft Text
A. The following standards, effective January 1, 2024, apply to print media advertisements under § 24.2-956 and § 24.2-956.1 of the Code of Virginia.
B. Any disclosure statement required under either § 24.2-956 or § 24.2-956.1 of the Code of Virginia must be presented in a clear and conspicuous manner to give the reader notice of the candidate, candidate campaign committee, person, or political committee that paid for and, where required, that authorized the communication. A disclosure statement is not clear and conspicuous if it is difficult to read or if the placement is easily overlooked.
C. The disclosure statement must be of sufficient type size to be clearly readable by the recipient of the communication. A disclosure statement in twelve (12)-point type size satisfies the requirements of this paragraph when it is used for signs, posters, flyers, newspapers, magazines, or other printed materials that measure no more than twenty-four (24) inches by thirty-six (36) inches.
D. The disclosure statement must be contained in a printed box set apart from the other contents of the communication.
E. The disclosure statement must be printed with a reasonable degree of color contrast between the background and the disclosure statement. A disclosure statement satisfies the color contrast requirement of this paragraph if it is printed in black text on a white background or if the degree of color contrast between the background and the text of the disclosure statement is no less than the color contrast between the background and the largest text used in the communication.
F. The disclosure statement need not appear on the front or cover page of the communication as long as it appears within the communication, except on communications, such as billboards, that contain only a front face.
G. A communication that would require a disclosure statement, if distributed separately, that is included in a package of materials, must contain the required disclosure statement.