Perry's gold medal in ad spending
December 21st, 2011
05:33 PM ET
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Perry's gold medal in ad spending

(CNN) – Rick Perry is winning the ad spending wars, beating all other Republican presidential candidates in advertising dollars spent so far ahead of the 2012 elections.

Between January 2, 2011 and December 18, 2011 Perry's campaign spent $1.648 million to air ads on national cable and in Iowa, Nebraska and New Hampshire, according to Campaign Media Analysis Group that tracks ad spending. The political action committee supporting the Texas governor spent an additional $1.023 million on spots in Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Nebraska and South Carolina.

Fellow candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas drew on his money bomb efforts and extensive fundraising to put over $1.1 million into commercials in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the first three states to vote on the road to the White House, as well as in Nevada and on national cable.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, put less money toward ads in his second bid for the White House, with almost $550,000 spent in Iowa and New Hampshire. "Restore our Future," the super PAC supporting him has thus far put a little over $500,000 into ads backing his run.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spent $124,140 on spots in Iowa and Minnesota, while Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota spent $57,960 in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, where she has focused much of her early energy.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who both sit at the bottom of national and state-wide polls, have not spent any money on ads during this cycle. However, "Our Destiny PAC," which is supportive of Huntsman, spent $683,680 on spots in New Hampshire and neighboring Maine and Massachusetts. The former U.S. ambassador to China has made New Hampshire the focal point of his presidential bid.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty spent $189,900 on ads before he dropped out of the race in August following a disappointing finish at the Iowa Straw Poll. A political action committee associated with Herman Cain, another failed candidate, spent $6,220 before he bowed out of the 2012 contest.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. LolDems

    Can't hold a candle to BO's political campaign spending, both ads and personal jetting around in key battleground states promoting a pseudo-jobs bill. Consider this. The world's most powerful man, addresses a special session of Congress to introduce an "historic" piece of economic legislation, that is now stalled in Congress. Look up the words "incompetent" and "impotent" in the dictionary and you'll see a picture of BO.

    December 21, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  2. Jeebus $aves

    Jesu$ told him to run. Proof positive that God has a good sense of humor.

    December 21, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. chuck

    Moral of the story? Perry is the best at throwing money down the drain. His topics of discussion amount to the Boy Scouts getting a bad rap at Romney's Olympics for legal discrimination of red-blooded American gay Scouts and Obama taking away Christmas. There are 18 Christmas trees in the White House. Republicans have made it crystal clear that they don't want anymore Texas Governors turning the country inside out with New World Order schemes cooked up in the smokey back rooms of the Texas Capital. Save the "sky is falling" on Christmas for the gullible conservatives residing in Texas who eat this stuff up like it's the Last Supper.

    December 21, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  4. Mike Buck

    In an effort to bring both sides of the aisle together Perry invited Dick Cheney and President Obama to his ranch for the weekend.

    December 22, 2011 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  5. Bob

    These boys from Texas always have a lot of money to spend on their campaigns. Kinda makes you wonder where it all comes from, don't it? And they all seem to have a bit of trouble answering hard questions, like what they said last week and where other countries are. And they can never pronounce the words correctly or speak in entire sentences. Ya don't suppose it's cause the state has the lowest education budget on the planet, do ya? Just wondering.

    December 22, 2011 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  6. Wandering Saint

    Being elected for President of the United States isn't about being the best candidate in terms of qualities in leadership. It's a mix of being placed on the highest pedestal by your political party and making sure that the masses dislike everyone else more than you.
    Think on it. Who here can honestly say that they voted for a candidate lately without the thought that they're voting for one candidate to keep another out of office. Food for thought.

    December 22, 2011 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  7. what a crock

    anyone else amazed that in times of great deficit caused by these same politicians and their banker buddies that they just Raise and spend millions of dollars on themselves?

    No matter who gets elected we can be sure itll be some corporate puppet who obeys the wills and needs of Lobbyists and Foreign Countries over the needs of the American People.

    December 22, 2011 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  8. NoGr8rH8r

    I can't believe Perry is still in the race. Waste of money.

    December 22, 2011 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  9. Anibob

    I agree with RINO Bil. Not only is he not presidential material he isn't really good yell leader material. I am from Texas and I, as well as many others, haven't figured out how he got the votes for governor. Has to be big money people backing him. WHY!!!! Is it – you do this for me and I will do this for you? Just my opinion. Texas needs another Ann Richards type person for governor.

    December 22, 2011 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  10. Victoria

    Perry also wins the honors for lowest intelligence, as well. The competition for that award was fierce this year with candidates such as Bachmann and Cain but Perry was the definite winner of the coveted Golden Dunce Award!!

    December 22, 2011 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  11. 100 year old colored fella

    Da poor white boy. He till think he goin be presidnts. he need to spends some of dat money on a phyiciatrists

    December 22, 2011 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
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