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Paul Smith says he wanted "take a page from the Russian playbook" to influence a California congressional campaign. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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Inspired By Russia, He Bought Influence On Facebook

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(Left to right) Ruben Kihuen, Democratic candidate for Nevada's 4th Congressional district, Stephanie Murphy, Democratic candidate for Florida's 7th congressional district, and LuAnn Bennett, Democratic House candidate in Virginia's 10th district. Bill Clark, Thomas McKinless, Al Drago/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images hide caption

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