Political Advertising

12:41pm

Thu March 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Thieves Target Political Ad Consultants On New FCC Site

A woman views a Mitt Romney campaign ad in September, a month after the launch of an online government database that is supposed to make it easier for the public to see what political ads air in big markets, and how much is spent on them.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

3:48pm

Thu February 28, 2013
It's All Politics

After Tough 2012, Conservative Koch Brothers Regroup

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 4:30 pm

David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, attends an event at The Economic Club of New York last year.
Mark Lennihan AP

The network of political groups headed by conservative industrialists David and Charles Koch spent millions of undisclosed dollars in last year's elections. Now, after failing to help Republicans win the White House or the Senate, the Koch brothers are re-examining the network, its goals and strategies.

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12:54pm

Fri December 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Most Expensive Presidential Campaign Ended In Sprint To Spend

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 2:07 pm

Competing yard signs near Evans City, Pa., four days before the election. The campaigns of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each raised more than $1 billion during the race.
Keith Srakocic AP

A campaign marked by money, fundraisers (including the infamous one that produced Mitt Romney's "47 percent" moment) and superPACs finished with spending sprees across the board.

The Washington Post noted "manic activity" in the final days of the presidential race, and sums up the numbers:

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6:54am

Fri November 23, 2012
It's All Politics

How To Oust A Congressman, SuperPAC-Style

Originally published on Fri November 23, 2012 11:53 am

U.S. Rep. Joe Baca of California, shown at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, learned the power of superPACs firsthand this year, when he lost for the first time since he was elected in 1999.
Jae C. Hong AP

After spending millions of dollars in the presidential and Senate campaigns with little to show for it, many superPACs and other outside groups are still tending their wounds. But it's too soon to write off superPACs as a waste of wealthy donors' money.

Consider, for instance, this upset in a congressional race outside Los Angeles.

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5:00am

Wed November 21, 2012
Politics

A Huge Haul For TV In Final Colorado Election Day Ad Blitz

One of the many ads seen on Colorado TV screens in advance of the election
Jim Hill KUNC

How many political ads did Colorado see in the final sprint to Election Day? Almost $41 million and enough TV ads to fill more than 12 days of airtime, 24 hours a day.

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