Obama outspending McCain 3-to-1 on TV ads

No secret here, just the simple fact that Obama has raised obscene amounts of money and, therefore, has obscene amounts of money to spend on TV ads. This will benefit him in many areas since a well-written TV ad can work with some undecideds.

Story from the WaPo:

Barack Obama is outspending John McCain at nearly a three-to-one clip on television time in the final weeks of the presidential election, according to ad buy information obtained by The Fix, a financial edge that is almost certainly contributing to the momentum for the Illinois senator in key battleground states.

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, Obama spent more than $20 million on television ads in 17 states including more than $3 million in Pennsylvania and more than $2 million each in Florida, Michigan and Ohio. McCain in that same time frame spent just $7.2 million in 15 states. Even when the Republican National Committee’s independent expenditure spending in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin is factored in (a total of $5.3 million), Obama still outspent the combined GOP forces by roughly $8 million in the last week alone.

The spending edge enjoyed by Obama has been used almost exclusively to hammer McCain as both a clone of the current president and someone who is out of touch on key domestic issues — most notably the economy. The assertion of Obama’s spending edge has coincided with the collapse of the financial industry and a refocusing by voters on the economy to turn the election from a toss up to one in which the Democratic candidate has moved into a discernible lead.

Here in Northern Virgina, we’re getting hammered with ads since Virginia is a big battleground state this year.

I’ve seen this one running locally and nationally:

Just tonight I saw a minute-long spot which was a sort of biography crammed into an ad featuring the story of Obama’s father, grandfather, and mother.

Obama is certainly using this to his advantage as McCain cannot financially match with regard to the amount of ads running all the time. I have seen a few independent political action committee groups running ads against Obama like RightChange.com which is supporting McCain, perhaps that is his best bet, to rely on outside groups to counter Obama’s war chest.

  • JD

    Poor republican party. 🙁 I feel bad for them.

  • Babs

    Not only that, Nate, but Obama now has his own channel on Dish Network, channel 73 on mine. And he’s blanketing channels like A&E and Food Network with ads that contain a pop-up on the screen to “hit select to see Obama’s Plan”. The channel runs a character skit over and over and over. Propaganda at it’s best. I haven’t seen anything to touch it since Russia and Communist China.

  • JD

    babs – “I haven’t seen anything to touch it since Russia and Communist China.”

    What do you know about either of those places? lol. You crack me up.

    I don’t think you would be saying that if there was a channel running McCain and Palin. You would call it the best channel on Television and play it while you slept.

  • Babs

    What do you know, JD, about anything I know? You’re just a smart alec kid who’s drank entirely too much Obama Koolaid. And you, my friend, crack me up.

    It is with pleasure that I think to myself that I have canceled out your vote with my vote.

  • JD

    Your funny Babs,

    I don’t claim to know anything thing about you that is why I asked you a question… what do you know about Russia and communist china?

    Since when did asking a question equal presuming to know.

    Don’t you wish you could cancel out my vote but we live in different states… You can’t touch my vote since we use the electorial college system.

    Shouldn’t you know that or are you drinking another glass of crazy.

    I’ll sell my vote to you, though. Maybe a date on your back porch?

  • Babs

    JD, Russia and communist china wasn’t the subject, you were making a very bad attempt to condescend to my intelligence, and I resent that.

    A vote for McCain cancels out a vote for Obama in the grand scheme of things – I enjoy thinking I’ve canceled yours.

    A date on my back porch? Not likely. In fact, if I were your boss and knew you were using my company time to sit on the computer and antagnonize people I’d fire your lazy butt.

    No surprise that you’d sell your vote, though. Your candidate does the same thing often.

  • JD

    Don’t hide your feelings for me, babs.

    Besides, I have 3 nice monitors on my desk which make it great for muli-tasking.

    1. Doing work

    2. Doing more work

    3. youdecide2008.com

    4. Seducing Babs

    I feel like there is a kind of tension between us, babs, like a love\hate kind. Don’t fight it. Give in and let the warm embrase of a liberal into your life.

  • Deb

    And when is Obama going to release where all his donations are coming from. Rumor has it that at least $3million from overseas. If this isn’t true than why won’t he release the records. I for one would like to know who Good Will and Goodad really are.

  • Babs

    Good point, Deb, and the Obama campaign is withholding that information. They claim they refunded the donations via the credit card that donated them. Credit cards carry the cardholders information. And why did they credit back ALL of the donation? If it was from a legitimate source, they could have kept $2300 of it. Another clue as to why they don’t disclose who they are.

    JD, please stop with the sexual harrassment, or I’ll ask Nate for your IP. I don’t appreciate it.

  • JD

    Hmmmm… Nate gives out the IP addresses of the poeple on here? Not sure how I feel about that. Looks like Nate has become Big Brother.

    Anyway, I’ll stop. It is probably best that we part ways now. You are going to be a wreck after the election and I don’t want to be around while you pick up the pieces of your shattered Candidate.

    Obama’s contributions do not require disclosure of the identities of donors who give $200 or less as according to the Law.

    “It’s part of phenomenon that we’ve never seen before,” FEC spokesman Bob Biersack said. People who make up names when donating to federal candidates violate laws against making false statements, but Biersack could not recall anyone being prosecuted for such a crime.

    John McCain has taken bogus donations too, including some from people who list their addresses, cities and state — required information — as “anonymous.”

    Obama’s campaign has set up screens to try to ensure donors are U.S. citizens. People living abroad must provide a U.S. passport number.

    With Around 2.5 Million Donors, Obama has been doing his part in blocking and returning money that is not allowable. Needless, to say McCain has had this problem as well.

    I wonder why McCain doesn’t bring up the splinter in his eye?

  • bdjnk

    I love the use of the word obscene to describe Obama money. Sure you were referring to the amount, but this is a clear example of Freudian reporting. Score one for the subconscious.

  • Babs

    McCain camp announced today they will be spending $160 Million dollars in the next 4 weeks. Don’t count him out yet. That’s always a mistake. *L*

  • WOW! $160Million to peddle bullshit, that’s a lot of lolly. That could pay for a can of Kool Aid for every McCain supporter out there.

  • Well with the negative news McCain has been getting from Republicans on those Angry mob rallies, the recent news about Palin and McCain trying to put the mob fires out. Obama doesn’t have to spend half as much.