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4.3M TV Ads with Spending Nearing $3B

(11/3/22) An estimated $2.71 billion has been spent in federal and gubernatorial races on broadcast television advertising this election cycle, according to a new analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

 

Advertising Issue Spotlight (10/1/22 – 10/31/22)

(11/2/2022) October overview of issue mentions in federal races by state.

 

Congressional Leadership Fund Targets 42 House Races

(10/20/22) Outside group advertising on television in federal races is breaking records, according to a new analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

 

Democrats Out-Pacing GOP in Senate Races

(10/6/22) Democrats are out-airing their Republican opponents in nine of the top 10 Senates races, according to a new report from the Wesleyan Media Project.

 

DeSantis Dominates FL Gov Advertising

(9/22/22) As the traditional general election period of the 2022 midterms kicks into gear, Republican incumbent Ron DeSantis has a commanding lead over his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist, in both television ads aired and online ad spending, according to a new report from the Wesleyan Media Project.
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Democrats Spend Heavily in Senate Races

(9/8/22) Democratic candidates are spending heavily on broadcast television advertising in U.S. Senate races, according to a new report from the Wesleyan Media Project.

 

Two Million TV Ads So Far in the 2022 Midterm Elections

(8/11/22) Over two million ads (at a cost of nearly one billion dollars) have aired on broadcast television in federal and gubernatorial races across the country between January 6, 2021, and August 7, 2022, according to a new report by the Wesleyan Media Project.
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2022 Midterm TV Ad Volume Off to a Record Start

(6/23/22) Driven by competitive primaries for U.S. Senate seats and gubernatorial races, the volume of advertising on television so far in the 2022 midterms is shattering records, according to a new report by the Wesleyan Media Project.
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Abortion Mentions Climb After SCOTUS Draft Opinion

(5/12/22) WMP finds mentions of abortion in televised political advertising have risen in the wake of the leaked draft of the Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Since its founding in 2010, the Wesleyan Media Project (WMP) has become the “go to” source for real-time, non-partisan information on the volume, spending, sponsorship and content of political advertising across the United States.

Our goals are to track all election-related advertising by source (group, corporation, union, party, or candidate) and to provide comparative analysis enhancing the ability of journalists, citizens and scholars to hold governments and special interests accountable.

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