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"In Jordan, people are afraid to talk. To be precise, they do talk inside their homes and cars, or in the backrooms of their offices, but not in public. They hardly ever give their full names."
[US] Newspapers Sue Over Electioneering Disclosure Law
The Maryland state legislature passed the Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act last winter in response to revelations about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, which included targeted advertisements on Facebook paid for with Russian currency. New York and Washington state also have reacted with laws requiring detailed disclosures about the buyers of online political ads, but Maryland's law is the strictest, going so far as to ban foreign money from being used to pay for political ads.[SIC]
After some innerboob research, my understanding is that "paying for ads" is borrowed UK-Eng. perfidious, colloquial terminology. The correct locution in point of fact or terms of systematic value (production cost) and extrinsic value (Q publication readers) in the USA is, as we shall see, people exchange money for publishing provided by some enterprise, that is to reproduce and distribute "speech" by another. And whether or not the publisher is publicly or privately owned, on- or offline, is irrelevant to the constitutional issue ie. speech, freedom of speech and of the press. You all want your wedding cakes made anywhere, anytime, dontcha?
In June, Google announced that it could not comply with the law and so would no longer accept political advertisements in Maryland.
But newspapers were not. The regulation will require platforms with more than 100,000 monthly visitors to publish the names and contact information for any purchaser of a "qualifying paid digital communication," along with the price paid - but this is duplicative of information the elections board already collects, according to[The Washington Post et al vs  MD D State Board of Elections and MD Atty General, complaint]
1. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. &sec; 1983 and the Declaratory Judgement Act, 28 U.S.C. &sec; 2201, this action challenges multiple provisions of a newly enacted Maryland statute, the Online Electioneering Transparenc and Accountability Act, that purport to impose new, onerous requirements upon onl-line publishers like plaintifs who publish political advertising, along with various penalties if they do not comply.
2. These provisions are unconstitutional under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Unites States Constitution in a number of independent ways -- and especially when taken in combination. The challenged provisions purport to regulate paid political speech, which has been long recognized as core political speech, dating back at least to the advocacy at issue in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan 254 (1964).

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