Political advertising data

Wanna know how much a candidate, party or PAC paid for that 30 second ad you saw on TV?

As of August 2012 the Federal Communications Commission TV Station Profiles & Public Inspection Files
includes “political files” for local television stations affiliated with the top four national networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox) located in the top 50 DMAs (Designated Market Areas). The political file documents include detailed information about political advertising, including the cost of specific commercials.

Search by call sign (e.g., WXYZ), network affiliation (e.g., NBC), channel number (e.g., 26), or facility ID number (e.g., 123456).

ProPublica’s Free The Files project is extracting information from those FCC documents to make it possible to search and analyze the data.