2010 ElectionsReleases

Ad Spending in Federal and Gubernatorial Races in 2010 Eclipses $1 Billion; $250M in Last Two Weeks Alone

Spending by outside groups up to $120 million since September 1 (MIDDLETOWN, CT) Oct. 27, 2010 -- As of October 20, spending on advertising in U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races has eclipsed $1 billion, a historic figure by any measure.  Almost $620 million of that spending has been since September 1, and $250 million was in the past two weeks alone.  As a point of comparison, the Wesleyan Media Project estimated roughly $220M was spent on advertising between January 1 and September 15.  That means in the last two weeks alone, spending overtook the first nine and a half months of…
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October 27, 2010
2010 ElectionsReleases

A Brief Word on ‘Magic’ Words

We took a quick look at magic word usage by interest groups in House and Senate races in 2008 and 2010 (1/1-10/5 in both cases).  The short story is that magic words are used far more often this year in House races (1 in every 3 IG ads, compared to 1 in 10 in 2008) and 1 in 10 Senate ads (up from 0% in 2008). Table 1. Interest Group Use of Magic Words % of IG Ads Using Magic Words US House 2008 10.4 2010* 35.6 US Senate 2008 0.1 2010* 10.2 *2010 numbers are based on on-going coding,…
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October 18, 2010
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U.S. House and U.S. Senate advertising spending approaches $200M in last five weeks, $367M total since Jan 1

Influx of Spending Indicates House is the True Battleground; IGs Spending Over $65 Million in Federal & Gov Races (MIDDLETOWN, CT) Oct. 13, 2010 – An estimated $198M has been spent on advertising in U.S. Senate and U.S. House races in the five weeks between 9/1 and 10/7.  With September as the traditional start to the general election season, the 75 percent increase in spending (from $113M during the same period in 2008) includes an 84 percent spending increase in U.S. Senate races and a 65 percent increase in U.S. House ads. ***View entire release as pdf, by clicking here. ***To…
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October 13, 2010
2010 ElectionsReleases

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