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Gmail will start spam-proofing political fundraising emails this week

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Gmail users may start seeing more campaign fundraising emails in their inboxes over the next couple of days as Google begins rolling out a new political filtering system.

Google said Axios It said Monday it is launching a controversial new pilot program to keep campaign emails out of spam folders this week. The program was announced back in June and allows candidates, political party committees and leadership political action committees to apply for spam folder exemptions.

In August, the Federal Election Commission narrowly voted to approve the program, which Google asked the agency to sign off on earlier this year.

The move comes after months of criticism from Republicans who fear Google is disproportionately flagging GOP emails…

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