Question: What's up with every political ad starting and/or ending with "My name is (insert politician's name here) and I approved this message"? Is this some kind of new FCC regulation, or is it just something that the advertising industry and politicians think sounds way cool? Jon B., Atlanta, Ga.
Televisionary: Neither, Jon (though I can't really say for sure on the second point maybe some of them do think it's way cool). Those statements are required on all radio and TV ads paid for and produced by the candidates themselves. That's in keeping with the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law, which went into effect last year.