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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 ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report 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 BluntCongress barrels toward debt cliff Excellence Act will expand mental health and substance use treatment access to millions Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 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.