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For a second time, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued Facebook yesterday for allegedly violating the US state's campaign finance law, his office said in a press release. Washington's state laws require that ad-sellers have to keep records of who purchases political ads, and make those records public. The lawsuit states that since 2018, Facebook has sold $525,000 in political advertisements to political committees in the state, even though in a 2018 settlement the company agreed not to sell ads to political candidates. Ferguson cited reports pointing out how Facebook was still selling political ads in the state. Facebook told The Hill that state-specific political ads were still banned; we have reached out to the company for further comment. While the AG's office identified at least 171 political committees whose ads appeared on the platform, prosecutors couldn't pinpoint the number…

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