Saturday, October 11, 2008

Obama's buying the election

When McCain pulled out of Michigan, I said the election was over. Why did McCain pull out of Michigan? Money talks:
A check of advertising data at television stations shows Obama spent $5.5 million airing ads during the five weeks after Labor Day in Michigan.
McCain spent $3.7 million for ads running during the same period.
In one month, Obama outspent McCain by $1.8 million in Michigan, running ads like this and this. And the same pattern is now being repeated all over the country:
Barack Obama spent $3.3 million on TV ads on Monday alone -- a remarkable one-day expenditure that more than doubled rival John McCain’s spending that day, according to the ad tracking firm, Campaign Media Analysis Group. . . .
On Monday, the McCain campaign, combined with the Republican National Committee, spent less than half of what Obama did: about $1.5 million, according to CMAG data.
Here are what the two campaigns spent on TV ads in some key battleground states during the week Sept. 28-Oct. 4:
  • Obama -- $2.2 million
  • McCain -- $1.6 million
  • Obama -- $2.2 million
  • McCain -- $1.7 million


  • Obama -- $2.2 million
  • McCain -- $659,000


  • Obama -- $2.1 million
  • McCain -- $547,000


  • Obama -- $980,000
  • McCain -- $801,000


  • Obama -- $616,000
  • McCain -- $329,000


  • Obama -- $492,000
  • McCain -- $193,000
In state after state, the Obama campaign is simply burying McCain in terms of TV advertising. Combining the three key swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, Obama outspent McCain by 65% ($6.6 million to $4 million).

Every conservative blogger is complaining about media bias, but nobody seems to acknowledge the reality that McCain, the guy who pushed campaign finance reform to "get the big money out of politics," is being buried by an avalanche of big money. (Thanks, of course, to zillions of small donors like Jgtj Jfggjjfgj.)


  1. You know, I've found myself not caring at all anymore. Not that I intended on voting for either of them, but I really didn't want Obama.

    But at this point, I can hardly tell the difference between them. (Big Government vs. Bigger Government.) McCain could have won this thing had he campaigned against the No Banker Left Behind Bailout, but noooo.

    So let Barry have it, I say. The neocons deserve the punishment. Besides, you'd have to be insane to want to be president with this economy.

    BO's presidency will be a disaster.

    At this point, the GOP really should give up on McCain and put all its resources into the Congressional races, because Congress is far more important than the presidency.

    And since McCain is a lost cause, I hope all conservatives and libertarians will join me in sending a strong message to the GOP by voting for Bob Barr. (<--Please donate!)

    Besides, the election will be such a drubbing for McCain, it'll make it look better for conservatism/libertarianism if Barr takes double digits, and it won't look like Obama won such a mandate.

    (And WTH didn't C. Buckley endorse Barr, I ask ya? Some "libertarian" he is. He's pinning it all on the Hope that Barry won't make the Changes he claims? Was he adopted, or dropped on his head as a baby, or something?)

  2. But here's what I don't understand. Af the beginning of September, the outlook was that McCain + RNC (including the $84 mil federal funds) was roughly equivalent to Obama + DNC + what Obama could still raise (- the cost of raising it). Even if McCain couldn't match Obama 1:1, he would have enough to fight. What was wrong with that analysis? Is the gap apparent from Sept. 28 - Oct. 4 going to last until the election, or is McCain/RNC holding something back?

  3. @rae:
    Here is why you (might) care.
    Lengthy, but worth it.
    Had I ludicrous money to burn, I should pay to have that on national TV the day after we receive the post-modernist steamer from a certain Senator.

  4. Congrats, you rank second for the search "Obama buying election"

    With Obama raising $150 million more, will he be able to spend it all? Maybe the Obama oversaturation will backfire against him, though I wouldn't count on it. I think we should all buckle our seat belts for the full blown liberalism experiment, especially if they get 60 in the senate. If they screw it up enough, the pendulum may swing back in 2010 and 2012.

    While I've always been a free-market thinker, can this really be good for elections?

    Absolutely absurd

  5. From: AlwaysRepublican

    Of course Obama is trying to buy the election, but not with donated money: with tax dollars promised to 40% and more of workers.

    He'll take that money from the "rich" and give it to you for your vote.