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This fall, ProPublica set out to Free the Files, enlisting our readers to help us review political ad files logged with Federal Communications Commission. Here’s how we did it.
The agency’s new system to put political ad spending information online turned out to be deeply flawed.
After spending months digging through the tens of thousands of documents the country's television stations uploaded as part of our Free the Files project, we look back on what we learned and how to make it better.
An analysis of political ad files in our Free the Files database found spending by dark money nonprofit Crossroads GPS and its affiliate super PAC rivaled spending by the Obama and Romney campaigns combined.
All told, 880 people have helped review at least one file as part of our Free the Files initiative. But 10 people led the pack, collectively reviewing half of all the files reviewed.
Join ProPublica’s campaign to shine a light on the hidden aspects of campaign finance by chronicling ad spending in Las Vegas, one of the nation’s most heavily blanketed cities.
We want a better picture of who’s behind the Vegas ad blitz, which is why we’re declaring an Election Day Challenge here at ProPublica. The mission? To liberate Las Vegas.
Tonight, while Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are preparing their foreign policy talking points for the final presidential debate of the 2012 election, we’ll be joining a group of Ohio volunteers focused on uncovering political spending at home.
Defend My Dividend calls itself a grassroots campaign to halt a dividend tax hike. But the group's ad buys are linked to trade groups for utilities and other dividend-paying companies.
In just two weeks, volunteers for our Free the Files project have liberated information on $294 million in political ad buys.
The FCC is finally requiring TV stations to upload political ad files online. Here's how to use them.
Free the Files is a new ProPublica news application tracking political ad filings from television stations in swing markets.
In our ever-expanding quest to Free the Files, ProPublica is teaming up with Huffington Post in Denver, Detroit, Miami and Washington, D.C. to unlock campaign spending.
In the seven days since werebooted Free The Files, nearly 350 people have “freed” a political ad contract from the Federal Communications Commission database, unlocking more than $160 million in ad spending by 325 groups in more than 30 swing markets.
New details emerge about the Government Integrity Fund, which has run ads attacking Sen. Sherrod Brown in the Ohio U.S. Senate race.
Outside groups are spending millions of dollars hoping to influence political campaigns – but they're hard to track down. Detailed information about spending is locked in documents filed at TV stations across the country. Help us uncover this spending by reviewing documents.
An analysis of newly available TV station political ad files shows how groups that don’t have to report their donors played a major role in one race for an open U.S. Senate seat
Search political ad files published by the Federal Communications Commission.
Today, we’re rebooting Free the Files with a new tool to help uncover outside spending in the final days of the campaign.
A former aide to Republican candidate Josh Mandel reportedly did work for the Government Integrity Fund.
Documents show an Ohio lobbyist chairs an opaque group, the Government Integrity Fund, which has spent over $1 million on pro-GOP ads in the key Senate contest.
The new system is a big step forward for those seeking to understand campaign ad spending, but it’s far from perfect.
The National Association of Broadcasters, an industry group representing television stations around the country, is asking a court to block the implementation of a new rule that will put political ad information online before it goes into effect next month.
Over the objection of broadcasters, the Office of Management and Budget OKs measure to put political ad information on the Internet.
A House committee drops legislation that would have blocked an FCC rule to put political ad data online.
Broadcasters file a petition with the FCC to water down a new political ad disclosure rule.
Language in appropriations bill would block funding for an FCC rule to put political ad data online.
Under a new Federal Communications Commission rule, political ad data showing election spending could be posted online as early as July — or much later.
The National Association of Broadcasters argue that the FCC's new rule requiring the posting of political ad data is "arbitrary" and "capricious."
The FCC vote on Friday mandating broadcaster disclosure comes with caveats.
Media giants are scrambling to water down a proposed FCC rule on disclosure that will be voted on Friday.
Students checking public files at TV stations in Cleveland encountered unaffordable fees and camera-shy employees.
Corporations that own some of the country’s biggest news outlets are fighting an FCC measure to post political ad data on the Internet.
Julius Genachowski criticizes TV stations for trying to keep political ad data off the Internet.
TV stations are taking their lobbying efforts directly to the FCC, which is expected to vote later this month on whether public data about what ads are bought, who bought them and for how much must be posted online.
We need Pennsylvanians to help us “Free the Files” on political ads ahead of the April 24 primary.
Whether you work for a news organization or not, we’re asking for help posting public data detailing what super PACs are spending on political ads. Here’s how to do it.
Local TV stations hold key information on political ads — accessible only by visiting the station. We need people in Wisconsin to help.
TV stations are fighting efforts to put their public data on political advertisements online. So we’re doing it for them.