Facebook Ads Offer Glimpse of Dueling Dark Money Supreme Court Campaigns


While spending from dark money groups seeking to influence who will be confirmed as the next Supreme Court nominee has yet to reach its peak, for the last two weeks, organizations on opposing sides of the political spectrum have been purchasing ads on Facebook, laying the groundwork for a fierce battle over who succeeds Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The creation of Demand Justice codifies the practice of having dark money groups fund issue campaigns, said Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center.

As a result there is “tons of undisclosed money sloshing around and the public has no idea who is influencing them,” Fischer said.

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