Tag: Political Advertising

Facebook’s Ad Policies Changed, but Political Campaigns Can Still Target You

Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During the 2020 election, both the Biden and the Trump campaigns ran Facebook ads targeted to Black voters in Kenosha, Wis., about the protests over race and policing that dominated the summer. On Tuesday, Meta, the social media company formerly known […]

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Max Cleland, Vietnam Veteran and Former Senator, Dies at 79

The loss of his seat and the start of the Iraq war in 2003 triggered a long-dormant case of post-traumatic stress disorder that sent Mr. Cleland back to Walter Reed hospital, outside Washington, where he had been treated after his injuries in Vietnam. “After I lost the Senate race in 2002, my life collapsed,” he […]

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Fight Over Toni Morrison Novel Inflames Virginia Governor’s Race

This year, Mr. Youngkin is centering his closing messaging on what he calls “parents’ rights” — an all-encompassing rubric for conservative causes like opposing mask mandates, vaccine requirements and transgender rights, and stoking fears about the way race is taught in the schools. For months, the conservative media have lavished national attention on local events […]

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Facebook Employees Warned About Election Misinformation, to Little Effect

WHAT HAPPENED 1. From Wednesday through Saturday there was a lot of content circulating which implied fraud in the election, at around 10% of all civic content and 1-2% of all US VPVs. There was also a fringe of incitement to violence. 2. There were dozens of employees monitoring this, and FB launched ~15 measures […]

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Democrats’ Campaign to Control Drug Prices Nears Collapse

WASHINGTON — When a powerful Democratic Senate chairman assembled his Special Committee on Aging to confront what he called a “crisis of affordability” for prescription drugs, he proposed a novel solution: allow the government to negotiate better deals for critical medications. The year was 1989, and the idea from that chairman, former Senator David Pryor […]

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Fake Polls and Tabloid Coverage on Demand: The Dark Side of Sebastian Kurz

VIENNA — It seemed like a miracle. For years, Austria’s conservative party had languished far behind its rivals. Then in May 2017, the polls spectacularly reversed, giving the conservatives newfound credibility that helped them convince voters that they had a real chance of winning. Five months later, in elections, they did. The man credited with […]

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In Virginia Governor’s Race, National Issues Dominate Ad Wars

Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s a long-held mantra in elections: All politics are local. But the ad wars in the race for Virginia governor indicate that national is the new normal. In a contest deemed a bellwether for the 2022 midterms, the battle between Terry […]

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Eric Adams Runs His First General Election TV Ad

With a month left until Election Day, Eric Adams is finally starting to use some of his sizable campaign war chest, releasing his first post-primary television ad on Tuesday in the general election for mayor of New York City. The ad focuses on his working-class roots and his mother, Dorothy Adams, who died in March […]

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With Biden’s Agenda in the Balance, Lobbying Kicks Into High Gear

WASHINGTON — As centrist Democrats in Congress have worked to block or strip out major provisions of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate plan, a slew of online ads has popped up in their states and districts, lavishing praise on them. One calls Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who has emerged as […]

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Eric Adams Has $7.7 Million to Spend, As Donations From Wealthy Pour In

Eric Adams is heavily favored to become the next mayor of New York City, but that hasn’t stopped him from amassing an intimidatingly large war chest ahead of November’s general election. Mr. Adams, the Democratic nominee, has raised another $2.4 million since late August, leaving his campaign with roughly $7.7 million to promote his message […]

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In Your Facebook Feed: Oil Industry Pushback Against Biden Climate Plans

The ads appear on Facebook millions of times a week. They take aim at vulnerable Democrats in Congress by name, warning that the $3.5 trillion budget bill — one of the Biden administration’s biggest efforts to pass meaningful climate policy — will wreck the United States economy. “Some politicians including Rep. Houlahan are setting their […]

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