Tag Archives: campaign spending


2020 Ad Spend to Top $9.9 Billion

$9.9 billion

“Political ad spending will increase to $9.9 billion in 2020,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “That would be up from $8.7 billion in 2018, the year of the most recent midterm Congressional elections, and $6.3 billion in 2016.”


Bloomberg Pledges to Give to Female Candidates

“I will be putting more money into supporting women candidates this cycle than any individual ever has before because if we’re going to win, it’s going to be women that get us there. And I want to do my part.”

— Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pledging to contribute more money into backing women candidates in the upcoming midterm elections “than any individual ever has before,” The Hill reports.


Democrats Spending Big on Underdog Candidates

$1 billion

Associated Press: “The November midterms are on pace to shatter records for political spending. While more than $1 billion raised so far nationally is helping finance battlegrounds that are poised to decide control of Congress, restless donors aren’t stopping there — they’re also putting cash into races and places they never have before to help underdog Democrats.”


Clinton Spent $1.2 Billion on Campaign

$1.2 billion

Amount Hillary Clinton and her supporters spent on her losing presidential campaign — twice as much as the winner, Donald Trump, the New York Post reports.


Trump Campaign Supports Trump Brands

$7.7 million

Amount Donald Trump’s campaign has spent through July on Trump-branded products, including reimbursements to Trump-named surrogates, the Washington Post reports.


Drop in Campaign Spending Hurting Local Broadcasters


Amount television campaign advertising during the U.S. presidential election has fallen since 2012, a troubling sign for local TV broadcasters that were counting on a windfall, reports Bloomberg.


Trump Spends More on Jet Fuel than Staff

$3 million

Amount Donald Trump has spent during his campaign on fuel for his Boeing 757 — more than he’s spent on staff and consultants — so that he can sleep at home in New York or Florida while on the campaign trail, reports National Journal.


Jeb Bush Loaned His Campaign $407,000 in Final Days


Amount former Florida governor Jeb Bush loaned or gave his campaign as it struggled to pay its bills in the last weeks of his flagging presidential bid, the Washington Post reports. “New Federal Election Commission filings show that Bush’s campaign spent $3.6 million last month before he dropped out Feb. 20 — raising just $1.18 million in the same period. A large share of the money came from the candidate himself, who gave his campaign $56,983.50 on Feb. 1. The next day, he loaned the campaign $250,000. And on Feb. 16, four days before the South Carolina primary, he gave an additional $100,000.”


Outside Groups Start Spending to Stop Trump

$10 million

Amount outside groups are moving to deploy “in new attack ads across Florida and millions more in Illinois, casting Mr. Trump as a liberal, a huckster and a draft dodger. Mr. Trump’s reed-thin organization appears to be catching up with him, suggesting he could be at a disadvantage if he is forced into a protracted slog for delegates,” the New York Times reports. Politico: “The goal, according to people familiar with the effort, has been to assemble as much as $25 million to spend against the New York businessman before March 15.”


Ben Carson Raised More than His Opponents and Blew It on Consultants

$58 million

Amount Ben Carson’s failed presidential campaign raised — more than any other GOP contender. “But Carson’s campaign burned through much more of that money on fundraising and consultants than on mass media advertising, on-the-ground employees and other things that could have swayed voters. … Ben Carson ran for president, and his consultants won,” the AP reports.