Facebook: Clinton, Trump campaigns spent a combined $81M on ads

Facebook: Clinton, Trump campaigns spent a combined $81M on ads
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Facebook revealed on Wednesday that the campaigns of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState Dept: Russia’s allegations about American citizens ‘absolutely absurd’ Trump on possible sit-down with Mueller: 'I've always wanted to do an interview' Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE spent a combined $81 million on election ads during last year's presidential race.

The news came during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing focused on Russia's use of social media platforms to try to sway the outcome of the election.

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntElection security bill picks up new support in Senate Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites MORE (R-Mo.) asked Facebook's general counsel, Colin Stretch, about the campaigns' spending figures to contrast them with the amount spent on political ads by a Russian "troll farm."

Stretch said that the fake Russian accounts had spent about $46,000 on ads in the run-up to the election.

The campaigns' expenditures on Facebook have not been available in public filings because the ad purchases are often made through intermediaries.