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Want to Follow the Money Behind Political Ads? Good Luck Finding it.

January 01, 1970 | The Baltimore Sun | Opinion
There is no doubt that TV ads played a major role in Tuesday's Democratic primary election for mayor, which Catherine Pugh won by only 2,574 votes over Sheila Dixon. The question is how much the outcome was shaped by the money spent on a highly sophisticated media effort for Pugh — and against Dixon. Unfortunately, we might never know the answer to that because of vague and often toothless disclosure regulations, especially from the Federal Communications Commission.
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