Who’s Winning the Air War?

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Who’s Winning the Air War?

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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.


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The Data

Latest releases

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.

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WMP News

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.



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Our funders and partners

Our real-time tracking is made possible this year through the generous support of: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Wesleyan University.Thanks also to our collaborators at the Center for Responsive Politics.




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.

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