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Gillibrand Spent $369K in 30 Days to Secure Debate Spot

June 5, 2019

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential campaign spent nearly $370,000 on Facebook advertisements over the past 30 days in an effort to secure a spot for her in the first Democratic presidential primary debate.

Facebook’s digital ad archive shows that Gillibrand purchased 910 ads totaling $369,354 since May 4, making her the platform’s seventh largest spender on political ads. The overwhelming majority of the ads have been targeted at women of all ages, across all regions, but with an emphasis on the coasts.

The ads typically solicit help to ensure that Gillibrand reaches the donor threshold required to “lock up” a spot at the Democratic National Committee’s first primary debate, scheduled for June 26-27 in Miami, Fla.

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