The ads Russia wanted Americans to see

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The social media ads Russia wanted Americans to see

A batch of the ads was released Wednesday by members of the House intelligence panel.

11/01/2017 03:11 PM EDT

Facebook ads are pictured. | Facebook/Democratic House members

Facebook ads purchased by Russia are pictured. | Facebook/Democratic House members

Russian accounts bought thousands of social media ads on hot-button U.S. issues ranging from Black Lives Matter to illegal immigration, according to a batch of the ads released Wednesday by members of the House intelligence panel.

Here is a sampling of ads purchased by Russian-linked accounts and aimed at U.S. Facebook and Instagram users:

Black Lives Matter

This ad features images of three African-Americans whose deaths — either from police shootings or while in police custody — inspired protests and called attention to the “Black Lives Matter” movement: Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; Tamir Rice in Cleveland; and Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

This ad, created in July 2015, targeted people ages 18 or older in Georgia, Maryland, Missouri or Virginia.

This ad, created in July 2015, targeted people ages 18 or older in Georgia, Maryland, Missouri or Virginia. | Democratic House members

Posted on: FacebookCreated: July 2015Targeted: People ages 18 or older in Georgia, Maryland, Missouri or VirginiaResults: 201,428 impressions, 12,127 clicksAd spend: 53,425 rubles ($915)

Blue Lives Matter

An image of police saluting a fallen comrade and a flag-draped casket blames a “Black Lives Matter” activist for “another gruesome attack on police.” The fine print, however, describes a Boston “gun battle” in which officers were shot and critically injured — making it unclear whose funeral is being depicted. In any case, the ad warns that Hillary Clinton is “the main hardliner against cops” and says that “among all the candidates Donald Trump is the one and only who can defend the police from terrorists.”

This ad, created in October 2016, targeted people age 18 or older who like the Facebook group “Being Patriotic.”

This ad, created in October 2016, targeted people age 18 or older who like the Facebook group “Being Patriotic.” | Democratic House members

Posted on: FacebookCreated: October 2016Targeted: People age 18 or older who like the Facebook group “Being Patriotic”Results: 3,362 impressions, 761 clicksAd spend: 500 rubles ($8.56)

‘Buff Bernie’ coloring book

This ad promoted a coloring book called “Buff Bernie,” filled with “very attractive doodles of Bernie Sanders in muscle poses.” It added that “I’ve recently heard some hateful comments from the Hillary supporters about Bernie Sanders and his supporters” — language aimed at stirring up the kinds of intra-party divisions that would later flare after the first release of Russian-hacked Democratic Party documents during the summer of 2016.

This ad, created March 2016,  targeted people ages 18 to 65+ in the United States who like “LGBT United”.

This ad, created March 2016, targeted people ages 18 to 65+ in the United States who like “LGBT United”. | Facebook | Democratic House members

Posted on: LBGT United group on FacebookCreated: March 2016Targeted: People ages 18 to 65+ in the United States who like “LGBT United”Results: 848 impressions, 54 clicksAd spend: 111.49 rubles ($1.92)

Trump is ‘Not My President’

Created the day after the election, this ad proclaimed that “racism won, ignorance won, sexual assault won” and invited people to a rally in New York City’s Union Square where they could “march against Trump.” The ad may not have been necessary — Trump’s critics turned out en masse for rallies much like this during that weekend.

This ad, created in November 2016, targeted people 18 to 65+ living within 10 miles of New York who like or have friends connected to the Facebook group “BM.”

This ad, created in November 2016, targeted people 18 to 65+ living within 10 miles of New York who like or have friends connected to the Facebook group “BM.” | Democratic House members

Posted on: FacebookCreated: November 2016Targeted: People 18 to 65+ living within 10 miles of New York who like or have friends connected to the Facebook group “BM”Results: 188 impressions, 26 clicksAd spend: 113 rubles ($1.93)

Bernie Sanders: Clinton Foundation is a ‘Problem’

This ad, from around the time when Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination, cites Sanders’ criticism of donations given to the Clinton Foundation — but it also goes beyond Sanders’ rhetoric by calling the foundation “an ‘organized crime at it’s finest [sic].” It also accuses Clinton of disregarding the rights of women, gays and lesbians in foreign countries. It finishes: “So, why are so many people going to vote for her?”

This ad, created in June 2016, targeted people ages 18 to 65+ interested in Bernie Sanders.

This ad, created in June 2016, targeted people ages 18 to 65+ interested in Bernie Sanders. | Democratic House members

Posted on: FacebookCreated: June 2016Targeted: People ages 18 to 65+ interested in Bernie SandersResults: 1,938 impressions, 222 clicksAd spend: 500 rubles ($8.56)

Teaching children about guns

This image of an adult and a child wielding guns included the text that “this is the way our children have to be raised,” adding: “Follow us if this video makes you proud!”

This ad, created in April 2016, targeted people ages 13 to 65+ who are interested in the tea party of Donald Trump.

This ad, created in April 2016, targeted people ages 13 to 65+ who are interested in the tea party of Donald Trump. | Democratic House members

Posted on: InstagramCreated: April 2016Targeted: People ages 13 to 65+ who are interested in the tea party or Donald TrumpResults: 108,433 impressions, 857 clicksAd spend: 17,306 rubles ($297)

Satan: ‘If I Win Clinton Wins!’ Jesus: ‘Not If I Can Help It!’

This ad by the “Army of Jesus” invited people to elect “a president with godly moral principles,” calling Hillary Clinton “a Satan.” While Donald Trump “isn’t a saint by any means, he’s at least an honest man and he cares deeply for his country,” it says.

This ad, created in October 2016, targeted, people age 18 to 65+ interested in Christianity, Jesus, God, Ron Paul and media personalities such as Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Mike Savage, among other topics.

This ad, created in October 2016, targeted, people age 18 to 65+ interested in Christianity, Jesus, God, Ron Paul and media personalities such as Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Mike Savage, among other topics. | Democratic House members

Posted on: FacebookCreated: October 2016Targeted: People age 18 to 65+ interested in Christianity, Jesus, God, Ron Paul and media personalities such as Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Mike Savage, among other topicsResults: 71 impressions, 14 clicksAd spend: 64 rubles ($1.10)

Texas: Get Ready to Secede!

This ad promoted an event on the Saturday before the November election urging “fellow Texans” to “say a strong NO to the establishment robbers” and “the crimes committed by Killary Rotten Clinton.” It adds: “Let’s remind them what Texas is made of and show that we’re ready to secede!”

This ad, created in October 2016, targeted people ages 18 to 65+ who like the Facebook group “Heart of Texas.”

This ad, created in October 2016, targeted people ages 18 to 65+ who like the Facebook group “Heart of Texas.” | Democratic House members

Posted on: FacebookCreated: October 2016Targeted: People ages 18 to 65+ who like the Facebook group “Heart of Texas”Results: 16,168 impressions, 2,342 clicksAd spend: 3,200 rubles ($55)

Flag-draped casket

The ad, featuring a woman sobbing over a flag-draped casket, tells readers that “Killary Clinton will never understand what it feels like to lose the person you love for the sake of your country.” The headline, “What Difference Does It Make?”, is taken from a controversial section of Clinton’s testimony during one of the congressional Benghazi hearings.

This ad, created in August 2016, targeted people ages 18 to 65+ interested in military veterans, including those from the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars.

This ad, created in August 2016, targeted people ages 18 to 65+ interested in military veterans, including those from the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars. | Democratic House members

Posted on: InstagramCreated: August 2016Targeted: People ages 18 to 65+ interested in military veterans, including those from the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam warsResults: 17,654 impressions, 517 clicksAd spend: (3,083 rubles) $53

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