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Christian Group: 'Trump Has Used Christianity'

'Not Our Faith' rolls out 6-figure TV and digital ad campaign

(Newser) - A group of prominent Christians from both sides of the aisle, including a past faith adviser to former President Barack Obama, is forming a political action committee designed to chip away at Christian support for President Trump in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign, the AP reports. Dubbed Not... More »

Torched Pro-Biden Display Rebuilt With New Message

Mass. farmer calls for respect, unity

(Newser) - Holiday Brook Farm vowed to rebuild after its massive pro-Biden hay bale display was torched less than 24 hours after it went up —but the new display at the western Massachusetts farm has a new message. The huge plastic-wrapped hay bales now say "LOVE," "UNITY,"... More »

Pro-Biden Hay Bale Display Lasts 1 Day

With an arrest made, farm plans to rebuild its campaign sign

(Newser) - In an area of western Massachusetts with plenty of signs backing the reelection of President Trump, the people of Holiday Brook Farm thought it only reasonable to advertise their support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. So they stacked 19 1,000-pound round bales of hay on three rows, painting... More »

Amid Spread of Misinformation, Whispers on FB's Next Move

Sources tell Bloomberg the social media platform is considering banning political ads before election

(Newser) - Facebook has been struggling lately over a massive advertiser boycott , partly driven by the company's refusal to address political ads spreading misinformation on the platform. Now, people familiar with Facebook's thinking say the company is considering banning political ads in the days leading up to the November election,... More »

Biden Crushes Trump's One-Day Facebook Spending Record

Campaign spends $5M over the last week

(Newser) - Joe Biden is looking to whip up sentiment against President Trump by borrowing a page from Trump's own playbook. The former VP spent $5 million on Facebook ads over the last week, including $1.6 million on Thursday alone, reports CNN . The amount dwarfs what Biden has spent previously... More »

Trump Gets Cease-and-Desist Letter From CNN

Campaign accused of distorting network footage in nationwide ad

(Newser) - CNN's parent company has sent a cease-and-desist letter to President Trump's reelection campaign, ordering the removal of a new ad using CNN footage in a manner that is "false, misleading, and deceptive." The minute-long ad released Sunday includes a segment from a conversation on a March... More »

Obama, Biden Have Same Word for GOP Super PAC Ad

'Despicable'

(Newser) - Barack Obama has remained relatively quiet on the political scene in the years since he left the Oval Office—but he's voicing his displeasure with an ad attacking his former VP. CNN reports that the law office representing Obama sent a cease-and-desist letter Wednesday to a GOP super PAC... More »

Stephen King Makes Big Move on Social Media

Author has quit Facebook over concerns on 'false information,' privacy

(Newser) - Last month, Facebook decided it wasn't going to bar or fact-check political ads during this election season, nor keep those ads from being targeted to certain groups of people. Now, partly based on that, Stephen King has made his own decision: He has left the social media site for... More »

Facebook: Government, Not Us Should Regulate Political Ads

Company says it won't fact-check ads

(Newser) - Despite escalating pressure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Facebook reaffirmed its freewheeling policy on political ads Thursday, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people. Instead, Facebook said it will offer users slightly... More »

Social Network Writer to FB CEO: Stop 'Assaulting Truth'

Aaron Sorkin takes Mark Zuckerberg to task for not vetting political ads

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has been making the rounds defending Facebook's decision not to fact-check or censor political ads, saying he doesn't feel the social media site should be in the business of stymieing free speech. Except screenwriter Aaron Sorkin doesn't exactly think that's what Facebook's move... More »

Twitter Making a Big Move on Political Ads

Social media company is banning them starting November 22

(Newser) - Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages, the AP reports. "While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can... More »

As Facebook Turns Down Biden, Warren Makes Big Claim

Senator suggests social media site will help elect Trump

(Newser) - Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have refused to pull a Trump campaign ad claiming Joe Biden offered $1 billion in aid to Ukraine if the country removed a prosecutor investigating a company linked to Biden's son. CNN refused the grainy, 30-second ad released Sept. 27, citing false claims, reports the... More »

Another Debate Flashpoint: A Volatile Ad About AOC

GOP group makes a comparison to her and the Khmer Rouge

(Newser) - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was not, of course, on stage Thursday night with the Democratic candidates for president. But the freshman congresswoman nevertheless is in the center of a debate-related controversy on Friday. It all stems from a jarring ad from a new GOP group that aired during the debate on ABC,... More »

Politician's New Ad Platform: Pornhub

Danish MP Joachim Olsen encourages voters to vote for him 'when you're done wanking'

(Newser) - "You have to be where the voters are," according to Danish politician Joachim Olsen—who explains that's why he's now advertising on Pornhub. "When you're done wanking, vote for Jokke," reads the ad, which refers to a nickname for Joachim and depicts the... More »

6 Siblings of Ariz. Rep Appear in Political Ads— for His Opponent

Paul Gosar's brothers and sisters don't hold back

(Newser) - Recruiting one of your opponent's family members to appear in your political ad would be considered a minor coup; pulling in six of them would be quite "stunning." That's how ABC News describes the latest spots from David Brill, a Democrat running against GOP incumbent Paul... More »

Facebook Will Use Postcards to Stop Russian Meddling

New system will be rolled out for midterms

(Newser) - Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in US elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the presidential campaign, Katie Harbath, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, told a meeting of the National Association... More »

Clinton Resurrects Famous Ad in New Spot Against Trump

The 'Daisy' girl is all grown up now

(Newser) - The Clinton campaign is going nuclear in a new ad against Donald Trump. The spot revisits the famous "Daisy" ad of 1964 in which a girl plucking a daisy is used to raise the specter of nuclear war, reports the Arizona Republic . (Here's the original .) Back then,... More »

This May Be the Zenith of Candidates Using Guns in Ads

Or maybe it's the nadir

(Newser) - How gun crazy have political ads gotten? Missouri's supposedly anti-gun candidate for US Senate just released one in which he assembles an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle while blindfolded and bragging that he'd "like to see Sen. Blunt do this." The ad , from Democrat Jason Kander, was created... More »

NRA Makes $2M Pro-Trump Benghazi Ad Buy

Marine Corps vet who fought against Libyan assault featured in 'Stop Clinton' promo

(Newser) - One of the biggest political ads for Donald Trump yet is being released, and none other than the National Rifle Association is behind it, USA Today reports. The NRA's Political Victory Fund PAC put up $2 million to back the 30-second spot , the association's first ad campaign of... More »

Wheel Scoring Fortune Off of Political Ads

Game show has 'very loyal' audience that votes

(Newser) - Ads on ESPN may get the president's ear , but an ad during Wheel of Fortune is far more important, at least in the eyes of candidates and super PACs. The show brought in $57 million in campaign spending during the 2012 election—the most of any TV show ahead... More »

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