Team & Partners
Who we are
The Wesleyan Media Project is directed by Professors Erika Franklin Fowler, Michael M. Franz and Travis N. Ridout. The Project Manager is Laura Baum. An outstanding group of students from all three institutions support the project through various activities.
The Wesleyan Media Project tracks in real-time all broadcast advertisements aired in presidential, congressional and many lower-level campaigns. During federal election years we regularly post press releases detailing the content, volume and estimated cost of political advertisements.Read More
News from the project
Our blog features a variety of content related to media analysis including project updates, short commentaries, summaries and links to interesting research and occasional guest posts.
The Wesleyan Media Project
Transparency and government responsiveness depend critically on real-time publicly available information disclosing efforts to influence elections. The Wesleyan Media Project tracks and analyzes all broadcast advertisements aired by or on behalf of federal and state election candidates in every media market in the country. Since the 2010 election cycle, we have been providing real-time information on the extent of corporate and union spending in federal election campaigns across the country, who specifically is doing that spending and which candidates are benefiting.
Our goals are to develop a definitive database that tracks all advertising by source (corporation, union, interest group, party, or candidate), and to enhance the ability of scholars, citizens, and journalists to hold government accountable by providing public information on how special interests are attempting to influence American democracy in general and political campaigns in particular.
- Dems Hold Advantages in Air War in Senate and House; GOP Airs More Ads in Gubernatorial Races (MIDDLETOWN, CT) September 16, 2014 – In the past two weeks, advertising in federal...
- Groups Responsible for Majority of GOP Ads; Huge Republican Ad Advantage in House Races Disappears in August (MIDDLETOWN, CT) September 4, 2014 – With prognosticators giving even odds that Republicans...
- Two-thirds of Senate GOP and Nearly Half of Dem Advertising Sponsored by Outside Groups; Almost 60 percent of Group Spending is Undisclosed Dark Money (MIDDLETOWN, CT) April 29, 2014 –...