Report released detailing Facebook ad spending

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The campaign of his opponent, incumbent Sen.

"The Democrat's latest campaign report, filed early Friday with the Federal Election Commission, showed he brought in almost $8.5 million from October 1 to 17, padding a tally that was already the most of for any Senate candidate anywhere, ever", adds the author.

Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke says "there's a lot of paranoia and fear" about a caravan of Central Americans walking toward the Mexico-U.S. border, and blamed the Trump administration for stoking those with Election Day looming.

As first reported by The Houston Chronicle, O'Rourke has raised $70.4 million since entering the race in March 2017.

According to the Federal Election Commission, O'Rourke has the money to burn. "This report will help you more easily find information such as the total number of ads and spend in the archive; searchable tables to find exact spend by advertiser; as well as top keywords searched".

The second biggest spender, paying $3.1 million for 50,148 ads, was the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, according to the report.

The National Republican Congressional Committee also spent heavily on the midterm elections, devoting $1.5 million to Facebook advertising, as it seeks to defend its majorities in both houses against motivated political opponents who've turned the 2018 race into a referendum on Trump. This second edition makes it easier to see who is spending most lavishly on the platform, see who was spending the most money on Facebook and even inspect individual ads.

The ad archive was launched in May, allowing anyone with a Facebook account to peruse its depths and seek out ads created by political groups, candidates, and "issues of national importance".

Little data is typically published on specific companies' online ad spending, but Facebook's increased transparency about political activity on its service has opened a trove of details ahead of elections on November 6.