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Over $219M spent on advertising in U.S. Senate and U.S. House races since Jan. 1

Candidate and Interest Group Ad Volume, Spending Up Dramatically Over 2008; Party Spending Down; IGs Spending Over $100 Million in Federal & Gov Races (MIDDLETOWN, CT) Sept. 27, 2010  – As of Sept. 15, an estimated $220 million has been spent on political advertising in races for Congress, greatly exceeding the roughly $135 million spent in U.S. House and Senate elections at this point in 2008.  In the first election cycle following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the airwaves are being saturated with more House and Senate advertising, up 20 percent and 79 percent respectively in…
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September 27, 2010
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Wesleyan Media Project Launched

Offers comprehensive, non-partisan tracking and analysis of major political ads (MIDDLETOWN, CT) Sept. 23, 2010 -- Wesleyan University is launching a non-partisan initiative designed to perform comprehensive tracking and analysis of federal and state political advertisements by candidates, parties and special interest groups. The project launches at the onset of a political election season poised to break advertising records. Throughout the course of the 2010 election cycle, the Wesleyan Media Project will provide real-time, public information on the content and targeting of advertising in federal election campaigns across the country. In light of the Supreme Court’s recent Citizens United decision, the…
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September 23, 2010