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Resource ID: #6000
Subject: 2020 IRE Conference Tip Sheets
Source: Sarah Bryner, Laura Edelson, Erika Franklin Fowler, Jeremy Merrill, Nancy Watzman, Cody Winchester
Affiliation: OpenSecrets, NYU, Wesleyan Media Project, Independent journalist, IRE & NICAR
Date: 2022-10-15



In summer 2018, Facebook, Google and Twitter created new political ad archives to help the public and the press track political ads on their platforms, bringing more transparency to the sponsors of digital ads. These databases aren't widely known, but they can be used for stories about candidates as well as dark money groups. Here’s what you need to know about these new political ad databases.

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