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Apps relay facts, funding of campaign ads

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Have you ever watched a campaign ad and wondered how much of it is true, or who funded it? As it turns out, there are apps for that.

With the click of a button, voters can find the big political quotes of the day, see how the statements rank in the Truth-o-Meter and read the research behind the rating. More apps are expected to come out in the next couple of weeks too, and that means voters will have a lot of information at their fingertips.

As the election nears, new campaign ads seem to come out each and every day. As campaigns compete for voters, the onslaught of ads can start to sound like static -- but the noise is only going to get louder until November passes; however, some new tools are making it easer to tease out the truth from the television.

PolitiFact has a mobile Truth-o-Meter to fact check politicians and pundits alike, and the hot campaign app also reviews political ads. Researchers with the Tampa Bay Times are behind that app, which costs $1.99.

The super PAC app should be a cool tool once it is released. Students at MIT are designing the free app, which should be available by the end of the month and works when users put their phones up to the television to identify an ad and get the information about who is behind it.

Though the tech-savvy may try out the apps, political experts estimate that it could take awhile before apps carry much weight in an election. Still, voters who spoke with FOX 9 News say any app that helps sort through the static is worth a shot.

"If there's an app out there that gets people to do some more research into the claims that are being made, that's for the best," said Jace Crowe.

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