DeepForm: Track Political Advertising with Deep Learning

Stacey Svetlichnaya

Automatically parse receipts for TV ads for political campaigns

In the United States, TV stations must publicize the receipts for any political advertisements they show: which organization paid—and how much—for a particular ad. However, these receipts are not required to be machine readable. So every election, the FCC Public File displays tens of thousands of PDF receipts in hundreds of different formats. Can we use deep learning to make this information accessible to journalists and the public more efficiently?

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