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Ad Hawk Lets You Identify Exactly Whose Paying for Those Political Commercials

Ever wonder who exactly is paying for and sponsoring that political campaign commercial that’s on your TV? Ad Hawk for Android does exactly that. Working somewhat like Shazam, it listens to the ad being played, then returns all of the information it can on the makers and supporters of the commercial. 

Being campaign time here in the US, it’s best to stay well-informed on who’s paying the big bucks to influence your vote. Check it out and let us know what you think. If you feel like talking politics in the comments, keep it civil.

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  • Who cares? If a ad is true, then who cares who paid for it?

    I’d be more interested in something like this that gives you links to the sources put forth in the ad.

  • Who’s*

  • jaylanPHNX

    I would be highly skeptical of the information provided by something like this. One side or the other could easily stack the deck to make all ads from party A seem evil and party B all roses.

    • Cowboydroid

      So stop voting for party A and B. Vote for the non-party member.

      A vote for any party candidate is just a vote for that party. You’re not voting for representation. You’re voting to keep the corrupt parties in power, controlling the government in an act of self-survival. You’re feeding a monster.

      • jaylanPHNX

        Right, and 9-11 was an inside job and Obama’s a Kenyan and the Build-a-bear group controls the world. Fight the power! Damn the man! Whatever.

        • Cowboydroid

          Keep bending over, drone.

  • nightscout13

    I don’t care enough about politics to care about apps dedicated to politics. All politicians are scum, and need to be fired.

    • CopierITGuy

      If you cared enough about politics to do some studying on the politicians and voted what you think is right, YOU could fire YOUR politicians. It’s an amazing concept! You know, of the people, by the people… Apathetic citizens is exactly what is wrong with our government!

      • nightscout13

        Uh… Don’t you get it?? Everyone in a capitalist country who pursues a political career is scum!

  • droidftw

    Can you remove the Pin it thing or make it smaller please. It distracts my eyes why reading the article. Make it a static icon 🙂

    • paul_cus

      Agree, it’s totally in the way.

  • This app leans hard left, just FYI for any of you “undecided” voters out there. Though, I find it hard to believe there is anyone (who actually pays at least a little attention) who is undecided in this election.

    Whatever your leanings, I urge you to seek out more information from all sides. Don’t rely on apps like this, political ads or the mainstream press for your sole source of info. Challenge yourself to see all sides, take a stand and make an informed decision.

    • TheDrunkenClam



    • AlexKCMO

      Fact check websites are so left leaning with their facts. Just where do they get off reporting those silly facts.

    • Cowboydroid

      Voting for a party member is like admitting you enjoy bending over and taking it in the rear.

      Parties are what’s wrong with this nation’s government. Not any particular candidate. The parties themselves. Stop voting for them. Stop putting up with closed primaries.

    • Smart American

      The only reason “fact-check” websites appear to lean to the left, is because the left has the facts on it’s side.

      • garagelogician

        The Sunlight Foundation (creator of this app) and other “fact check” sites are funded by George Soros and other leftists. But thanks to the media palace guards, government schools and universities, leftists get away with convincing people that their lies are facts. This has been happening for years.

        “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels

        • Timmay


        • qb14

          Nice try. But untrue. Unlike Super PAC’s, fact check organizations are extremely transparent with regard to their funding. Here’s is Sunlight’s webpage on their funding. http://sunlightfoundation.com/about/funding/

          Here is Factcheck.org’s webpage on their funding. http://factcheck.org/about/

          Interestingly enough, the primary funding for Factcheck.org comes from the Annenberg Foundation, which was started by Walter Annenberg, who was the US Ambassador to the UK under Richard Nixon.

          • TheDrunkenClam

            Refusing to feature truths from the other side also qualifies as “leaning-left”… And unfortunately, many of these institutions choose to omit things that don’t meet their agenda. Every once in a great while, they’ll let one through just to make it seem as if they report both sides fairly. And it fools people.
            The only credit I will give to factcheck.org is that they reported that the allegations of Romney being a Felon is simply not true.
            Now on one hand, we have Mr. Obama, who admitted to doing a lot of Cocaine, which is, in fact, a Felony.

      • michael arazan

        Carl Rowe is behind more than half of the political attack ads for the republican party, or the party that only supports big business at that expense of the average american. The Democrats seem to be falling to big business too 1 by 1. Its sad that in our own country the only way to get these “leaders” to listen to the public is if the public hires its own lobbyist to get our congressmen back representing us again. Big Business should have no right to be allowed in our political structure whatsoever. Big Business should not have the rights of an individual but none of the downfall for when they screw up and no one is penalized for it or thrown in jail, i.e. the 2008 collapse. I remember being taught it is we the people, not we the corporations.

        • CopierITGuy

          First of all, it’s Carl Rove.

          Second, if it weren’t for all these corporations and their BIG money, our corrupted government wouldn’t have ANY money to spend/waste! Average Americans like you and me would have no jobs, and we couldn’t buy our beloved Android devices. ALL of the tax income for our country comes from the top 50% of wage-earners in this country. That means that HALF of our country is free-loading off of those evil corporations (who aren’t real people, according to the leftists) and the rest of us. It’s funny you say that Big Business shouldn’t have any say in our government. Big Business FUNDS our government!

          One thing we agree on: corporations should not be bailed out by the government. If anyone screws up, they should suffer the consequences. The financial industry was forced (by government regulations) to loan money (mortgages) to high-risk, low-income families who couldn’t afford to buy a home. (Y’see leftists think that everyone DESERVES to be given what everyone else has to WORK hard to get.) Banks, seeing the risk, sold these loans to unsuspecting financial investors, and they did the same until there were no more suckers to buy the crap-loans. This is when the bubble busted. The banks shouldn’t have been forced into the situation, but they shouldn’t have been rewarded for loop-holing their way out of it either.

          Bottom line: work hard, earn money, buy Android and don’t be a stupid leftist that thinks that you know what people need better than they do. Mind your own freakin’ business and let people do as they wish. They will learn from their mistakes or continue to suffer for them!

          • I find this remark “don’t be a stupid leftist that thinks that you know what people need better than they do. Mind your own freakin’ business and let people do as they wish.” pretty funny considering the current ultra-right state of the republican party who’s main purpose seems to be passing laws that is anything but minding their own freakin’ business. (full transparency: I am a center left leaning independent)

          • Care to cite some examples of this? Let me guess…

            – Abortion? True conservatives (those you call “ultra right”) believe that the right to life and liberty extends to those of the unborn. We believe that Roe v. Wade should be overturned and left to state governments to decide. We are against federal funding of abortion (again…leave it to the states).
            – Contraception? We believe that its up to the individual to decide if they want to use contraception. We also believe that they can pay for it themselves. I don’t need to pay for your lifestyle choices. Government mandates forcing insurance companies, and the companies/organizations (churches for example) paying for the coverage have a right to decide what they want to cover. Having health insurance pay for contraception is like having car insurance pay for tire rotation. Which leads me to another point, this is all the more reason that all federal insurance mandates need to go away. Let individuals choose what coverage they want to pay for, and let them purchase across state lines so they can get the best deal. Insurance coverage does not mean free (or nearly free) healthcare for every cough, sneeze, hemorrhoid or STD.

            – Gay marriage? Quit making an issue out of, and defining your life by, who you choose to bump uglies with and/or spend your life with. Quit expecting everyone to acknowledge you and applaud what you do with your wee-wee or hoo-ha. We don’t care. Let states decide how they want to define marriage. You can also enter into legal contracts with your partner, giving them the same benefits regarding finances and healthcare decisions.

          • Actually its Karl Rove (though I don’t personally care for the guy because Bush was a disaster).

            As for the rest of your comment, keep on fighting the good fight. You are 100% correct!

    • TheDrunkenClam

      If you’re curious about Barack Hussein Obama, and want to know who and what he is, I suggest seeing the movie 2016. No distortion, all of it is based in FACT.

    • balthuszar

      as long as it reports who paid for the ads for both sides…who cares which way it leans?

  • EvanTheGamer

    Off-topic: I see you guys added that nifty social side-bar…nice!

    • We are hearing reports of it overlapping on browsers that don’t have extra white space on the left side of posts, unfortunately. We’ll tinker with it and see. So far, I’m digging it.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Well…I’m using the fantastic Google Chrome and so, it looks great on my end; no complaints here!

        Also, what ever happened to that Chat feature? Didn’t do so well? Just curious.

        • Just fizzled. If you ask Tim nicely, he may have some other spot that he’s been gathering people to chat in. 🙂

      • I like to run my browser window on the smaller side (dual 24″ screens) and it overlaps. I like the concept, but I wish it could be minimized.

      • ilovetechnology

        You mean you’re Liking it

        • CopierITGuy

          I see what you did there…

      • T4rd

        Yeah, I think my comment got deleted because I raged about it a min ago. It’s very annoying to me because I browse in windowed mode and it overlaps the actual content on the page with no way to close/minimize it. Also, I’m one of those people who don’t have a MyBookFaceSpace, Twitter or anything else like that =p.

        • How does it look now? Remember, we have to test things and definitely love feedback, even if it is super raging. 😛

          • T4rd

            Seems good now. The dialog box seems to go away in windowed mode, which is perfect. Thanks!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Which Candidate is Pro-Android? I MUST KNOW! . . .

    • dolanpls


      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I bet Ron Paul is

        • I remember the GOP primary candidates were asked about this, but the question was posed as: Iphone v Blackberry. Paul said Blackberry if I remember correctly. Edit: I guess it was only asked to Paul. And here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5eGf7dtimM

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Damn… Go Figure

    • billy routh

      It sure isn’t the Democratic candidate they are anti business

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        But with the iphone being the “Elitist” platform…. doesn’t that default android to the democratic party?

        • There are far more elitists on the left.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Lol okay let me stop

    • CopierITGuy

      They both have apps on Android and that other crappy platform. Very politician-esque of them, if you ask me. Just take a firm stand on the real issues here, please! America needs to know where these guys stand in our world!

  • BlynkOfAnEye

    I hate to be that guy, but I hold DL to a very high standard and do this purely out of love: “whose” is not the same as “who’s”. Sigh.

    • We aren’t perfect and miss things from time to time. 😛

      • mustbepbs

        Wait..you aren’t? Well, I’m out of here then.

        • BlynkOfAnEye

          damn, beat me to posting a snarky reply haha. Nothing but repect Kellex 🙂

  • I read about this on CNN, they only mentioned an iPhone app, never said anything about the superior phone platform.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Because they’re iPhone lovers…plain and simple.

    • qb14

      That was a different app. The one that they reported on is called Super PAC App. That one is only available for iPhone.