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As Ads with Mystery Donors Rush Into Politics, Searching Their Wake for Clues

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, October 10 2012

The Sunlight Foundation* has launched Political Ad Sleuth, a project to track and help contribute to a database detailing money spent on political ads this election year.

The initial source of the documents in the database comes from around 200 local stations' "political files" — tranches, mandated by the Federal Communications Commission, of data on all the political ads bought at each station and at what price. Those 200 stations in the 50 largest television markets in the country were required to hand over those datasets beginning earlier this year to be posted online.

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Occupy Movement Going Against Super PACs with Crowdfunded TV Ads

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, April 26 2012

Occupy supporters are responding to the influence of Super PAC money with a relaunch of an effort to crowdsource TV spots in support of their movement with LoudSauce, a platform for crowdfunding TV time. In October, commercial director David Sauvage had used LoudSauce to raise $6,000 to run an OWS ad using Google TV Ads, and later raised $15,826 to run three more ads. Read More

In Public Records Fight, Are Reporters And Their Publishers On Opposite Sides?

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, March 28 2012

The Columbia Journalism Review's Steven Waldman notes that a fight over proposed rules that would put records online showing who's paying for local TV ads — including political campaigns — is putting news organizations on one side of the table and their reporters on the other.

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