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San Francisco last year saw a high-water mark for spending on elections, with nearly $28 million flowing into slickly produced campaigns that flooded the airwaves and filled mailboxes with questionable claims about ballot measures and candidates.
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Last year spending on local elections was the highest on record, reaching nearly $28 million.
We found a nearly $20 million discrepency
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The Public Press reviewed more than 3.5 hours of television news in the two months leading up to the November 2015 election, and found that ads far outstripped news about the elections in terms of airtime.
The 2015 election united the political clout of two rich, powerful industries: real estate and technology.
25.8 hours of paid political ads versus 3.5 hours of election news coverage.
Coverage of local elections was scarce — and repetitive
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