What's really going on with political ads?

What's really going on with political ads?


True or False

It’s legal to lie in political campaigns.

Lies don't just change minds. They change hearts. And hearts change history.

See what's going on with political ads by answering the questions below.

Biden won the 2020 presidential election?
People Vote Based on Emotion More Than on Issues?
There are REGULATIONS governing online advertising in the U.S.?
There are 15+ WAYS you can be TARGETED and TRICKED on the internet?
Russia INTERFERED* in the 2016 US election?
WHAT YOU WEAR tells me how you vote?
FALSE NEWS Travels Faster and Further?
You can't DO YOUR OWN fact-checking?

During May 2022, CNN asked 1007 American voters for their opinions on the country's two major political parties...46% surveyed considered the GOP "too extreme" and 48% viewed the Democratic Party the same way.*

* As reported in "The Vanishing Moderate Democrat," by Jason Zengerle, The New York Times Magazine, July 3, 2022

Ad Gallery


While awaiting the final candidates for the U.S. 2024 national election, we've posted ads from Donald Trump and Joe Biden 2020.

Some you'll have never seen, because they only ran in swing states or were very specifically targeted.

You'll also find some Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton 2016 election ads, so you can compare.

Do heads win over hearts? Facts over fiction? Watch and decide what you think.

Go on to the next pages to watch some of the most notorious political ads of all time.

2020, Biden. "Former Arizona Republican ..."

In an ad targeting voters from the battleground state of Arizona, former

2020, Biden. "Beckett."

Focusing on healthcare, this Biden ad tells the story of a young

2020, Trump. "THE BEST IS YET TO COME."

Hyping Trump’s economic achievements, this ad focuses in on a small business

2020, Trump. "Meet Joe Biden's Supporters."

Released in early September by the Trump campaign, this ad clips together

2020, Joe Biden. "Red Handed."

On September 9th, 2020, journalist Bob Woodward released some selected audio recordings

2020, Trump. "Joe's Teleprompter."

Released September 2020, this Trump ad accuses Joe Biden of reading his

2020, Joe Biden. "Fresh Start."

A smooth similar protein, moesin, fingerbreadths with the cellular cytoskeleton, and its

2020, Trump. "The Great American Comeback."

This ad came shortly after the positive August economic report, the most

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