Journalism in the Public Interest

Free the Files: Help ProPublica Unlock Political Ad Spending

Outside groups are spending millions of dollars hoping to influence the presidential and congressional campaigns. But much of it is hard to track down. Detailed information about spending by super PACs and "dark money" nonprofits with secret donors are locked in documents filed at TV stations across the country. You can help us uncover this spending by reviewing documents in some of the biggest battleground markets. About this project »

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Note: Aggregate ad totals may include duplicate or revised contract figures.

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2. Katie Foran McHale 15.9K
3. Sarita Nemerow Eisenstark 4,103
4. bkuelthau 2,653
5. Karen Y 2,375
6. Shari T. 2,105
7. Theodoric Meyer 1,981
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Correction: The total number of files we pulled from the FCC site was listed incorrectly in several places, and has been corrected.