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Help Unlock Election Spending

Outside groups are spending hundreds of millions to influence the coming elections. Help unlock outside spending by “freeing” political ad buys from television stations in swing markets.

Crowdsourcing Campaign Spending: What We Learned From Free the Files

FCC’s Plan for Fixing Its Political Ads Transparency Site? It Won’t Say

What We Learned from Free the Files -- and How to Make It Better

Outside Groups Dominated Las Vegas Airwaves in 2012 Campaign

Meet the 10 People Leading ProPublica’s Free the Files Effort

Dark Money and the 2012 Election: We Need Your Help!

Debate Night Snacks: Help ProPublica Take a Bite out Dark Money Spending

Big Electric Companies Behind 'Grassroots' Ad Campaign in Florida

Free the Files Tracks $294 Million in TV Ads, With Obama Topping Buyer List

Reporting Recipe: Four Stories You Can Write Using Free the Files

Free the Files Frequently Asked Questions

Free the Files Teams Up with Huffington Post to Unlock Political Ads in Swing States

Free the Files Volunteers Unlock $160 Million in Ad Buys in First Week

Dark Money Group Told IRS It Wouldn’t Be Political -- Then Spent $1 Million on Campaign Ads

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Free the Files: Help ProPublica Unlock Political Ad Spending

Dark Money Poured Into New Mexico Senate Contest

Search Political Ad Files from the FCC

New Details Emerge About Dark Money Group in Ohio U.S. Senate Race

Revealed: The Dark Money Group Attacking Sen. Sherrod Brown

Political Ad Data Comes Online — But It’s Not Searchable

Broadcasters Make Emergency Motion to Block Transparency Rule

Political Ad Transparency Rule Clears Another Hurdle

Republicans Back Down On Effort to Defund Transparency Rule

Media Companies Make Yet Another Push to Defang Transparency Rule

Republicans Vote to Block Transparency on Political Ads

New Disclosure Rules for Political Ads Could Take Months

Broadcasters Sue to...Block Transparency

FCC-Required Political Ad Data Disclosures Won't Be Searchable

Broadcasters' Last-Ditch Push to Hide Political Ad Data

Public Files? Not On A Student Budget

Meet the Media Companies Lobbying Against Transparency

Broadcasters Are ‘Against Transparency,’ Says FCC Chairman

Behind Closed Doors, Broadcasters Battle Online Disclosure of Political Ad Buys

Campaign Ads: How To Free the Files at Your TV Station