So we don’t have enough money for a border fence but….

The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The presidential candidates have spent almost $195 million on television ads so far in this extended primary season, with the Democratic contenders shelling out the bulk at about $136 million, an analysis of political advertising shows.

Democrat Barack Obama has outspent all the Republicans combined by more than $17 million. The GOP primary race ended in March when John McCain claimed his party’s nomination.

The University of Wisconsin’s Advertising Project analyzed data from the TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group, a firm that tracks political advertising. The study looked at more than 327,000 ads that aired during the primary season.

Obama led in ad spending over Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, $75 million to $46 million. The two have been competing in contests for almost five months. John Edwards, who exited the race in late January, spent more than $8 million.

The Democrats’ figures greatly surpass those from the last presidential race in 2004, when the party’s candidates spent $51 million.

“We probably had more money spent in Iowa this year than was spent in the entire Democratic primary in 2004,” said Ken Goldstein, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in a telephone interview. Goldstein directed the project.

4 Responses to “Great News! Candidates Spend $195 Million on Campaign Ads”
  1. jo says:

    gas prices are high, but bullshit is really expensive!

  2. Eddie B. says:

    Here, here Jo! The truth is out there and for free.

  3. George says:

    so much for US capaign laws why does.nt some investigate where all that mony came from.

  4. BEADALONG says:

    Hmm, if they would just put a pittance of that money toward the public, that sure would be nice.

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