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House to Consider Limits on Microtargeting of Online Political Ads
Hamsini Sridharan | May 27, 2020
MapLight is pleased to support two bills introduced in the House of Representatives this week that aim to tackle the threats posed by microtargeting in political advertising.
Facebook’s Political Ad Policies Demand Greater Scrutiny
Alec Saslow | May 21, 2020
Facebook has shown itself willing and able to address Covid-19 misinformation, but unwilling to tackle disinformation from politicians on topics that could have serious implications for our democracy and the public interest.
Protecting Democracy During the Infodemic During the Pandemic
Ann M. Ravel and Hamsini Sridharan | May 08, 2020
Beyond its potentially disastrous consequences for public health, disinformation about the pandemic has become a weapon for organized political actors.
Analysis: Keystone Advocates Have Spent $611 on Lobbying for Every $1 by Opponents
Frank Bass |
Advocates of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline have spent more than 600 times the amount on lobbying over the last year than its opponents have mustered.
Campaign Funding in Silicon Valley: Spotlight on Mountain View
Bergen Smith, Hamsini Sridharan, Laura Curlin |
In 2018, the average elected candidate in Mountain View raised just $23,000, less than half of the $63,000 brought in by the average elected Palo Alto city council candidate that year
As Most of Country Hunkers Down, Candidates Step Up Facebook Ad Spending
Frank Bass |
The three presidential contenders who were still in the race at the end of March have spent almost half their total on Facebook ads during the first three months of the year.
MapLight Offers Free Software to Governments for Digital Signature Gathering
Alec Saslow |
With in-person signature gathering unsafe during the COVID-19 pandemic, MapLight is offering to install secure signature collection software free-of-charge for citites and states to move forward with digital endorsements for candidates and ballot measures.
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