We discovered two dark money efforts during the Democratic primary using the infrastructure I built for the Facebook Political Ad Collector project. The dashboard I built ties together crowdsourced data and data published by Facebook itself along with heuristics for quick and productive news reporting.
- Center Action Now: A dark money group is using visions of the Soviet Union to attack Bernie Sanders on Facebook
- Watercooler Politics: Dark-money group backing AOC spent $20,000 on anti-Biden Facebook ads
The Center Action Now story was a scoop. The Watercooler Politics one would have been, but a friendly outlet wrote about it the morning after we contacted the dark money group’s press rep.