Romney campaign and allies far outspending Democrats
October 24th, 2012
12:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney campaign and allies far outspending Democrats

Washington (CNN) - As of Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney and Republican groups supporting his candidacy have bought more than $30 million worth of advertising this week in nine swing states, far outpacing President Obama and his allies, according to a source monitoring ad buys.

President Obama and his Democratic allies are spending $21.7 million in the same states.

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Showing its financial muscle, when you compare just what the campaigns are spending on ads, excluding outside groups, the Obama team this week out-paces Romney's - $17.8 million to $12.3 million.

Because we are in the home stretch, ad buys are being added constantly so the numbers are in flux.

Several super PACs supporting – Restore Our Future and American Crossroads – have just announced multi-million dollar ad buys so the Republican tally will rise in the coming days.

Both the campaigns and allied groups are concentrating most of their activity in the same swing states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    Obama and the Democrats WASTED hundreds of millions of dollars lying about Romney for over a year. Now it is THEIR time to be hammered with their record of failure and deceit.

    Lying about the Benghazi attack was just the latest example of their four years of failure and lies. Except this time people DIED because of it.

    October 24, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Money and suppression will never earn my vote and Willard and his thugs can take that to the bank!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 24, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. American Mom

    I love the way CNN is portraying this without the mention that Obama & the DNC have outspent Romney & the RNC almost 2-1 going into last few weeks. Even if his campaign or super pacs outspend them by $30 million they will still be behind in spending by over $70 million. No bias being showed in this article at all.

    October 24, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. MrBeenThere

    Mitt's plan is to Buy the Election..............

    Obama 2012

    October 24, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |

    Laugh now, cry later Willard. The joke is on you! When this gag order in Boston is lifted tomorrow, your campaign will be officially over.

    October 24, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Phil

    Get em! ROMNEY

    October 24, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    It costs a lot of $$$ to sell lies to thinking Americans. Since that's all the challenger has, it's all he has to offer.

    October 24, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Sick and tired

    And yet the democrats are the ones always accused of reckless spending.

    October 24, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Marry

    I cannot believe there are any “undecided” voters anymore! It is now all about making sure the election is fair and square and voting machines are not rigged!

    October 24, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Who has the spending problem now? I also understand that the Romney camp is in more than 10 times as much debt as the Obama camp. What ever happened to spending within your means and cutting spending?

    October 24, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. jinx88

    Waste of money, I will bet my money on what the electoral college shows. All these close polls mean nothing just ask Bush in the 2000 election.

    October 24, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    Well spent money. The more American voters know about Mitt Romney the more American voters will vote for Mitt Romney. He is our way out of this mess and back onto the path of greatness that is America.

    October 24, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Howard

    Over all, Obama raised much more money than Romney ... but, just like Obama squandered SIX TRILLION dollars of OUR money ... he used up most of his campaign money, early in his campaign, demonizing Mitt Romney ... while Romney spent his money in a more prudent, responsible way. Now that it's near the end of the campaign season, Obama and his followers are crying foul, because Romney has more money left. Obviously, Obama is not only irresponsible with money, he's also a cry baby.

    October 24, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Dave Jaipersaud

    The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. I am sure they would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out most Americans life savings. Basically that is what the Republicans are proposing. They are saying lets fire the guy that stabilized your investments and grow it to almost what it was prior to 2007 and let’s rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. Do they think most Americans are stupid?

    Here is the real hoax. The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. Here is something to think about. Republicans would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out their life savings. Basically that is what they are proposing. Republicans are telling us to fire the guy that stabilized and grow our investments to almost what it was worth prior to 2007 and rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. We have to be really stupid to listen to them and rehire a guy whose policies wiped out investment in the first place. I would hope that Americans are smarter than that.

    Here is a simple way of looking at who is best for the economy. Would you invest with a guy whose investment policies wiped out your investment portfolio or would you invest with a guy whose investment policies stabilized your investment portfolio and is currently growing your portfolio. Even Romney wouldn't invest his own money with the guy whose policies wiped out everyone’s investment and now he wants us to do it. So why would anyone even consider voting for any Republican.

    How can any Americans think that Romney/Ryan policies would be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. Have people forgotten what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. Are we that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.

    I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.

    The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.

    October 24, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Marty, FL

    Another report showed how the Obama campaign is far more efficient with their resources and operation.

    October 24, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. no mo bo

    That's because the dems prematurely expended theirs early trying to define romney, and then it got shredded the first debate.

    October 24, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. vamom23

    If only more American voters knew about the REAL Mitt Romney. Elitist, flip flop artist, unintelligent and self-serving.

    Republicans have to suck it up and vote for the only choice available and the majority of them will blindly do so. Mitt's Minions! lol

    October 24, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Donkey Party

    Sorry, Romney is a "serial" liar, typed too fast on the Blackberry.

    October 24, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. joe

    romney and his crew of rich guys can take their money and shove it. at least 47% of us are sending in our 3 and 5 dollars to re elect the president. The rich creeps for romney can't buy this election even though they are trying. Vote all repos out. Dems don't have to sign pledges like the repo lemings do. Forward

    October 24, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    That's only because Obama's support..........has DRIED UP!

    October 24, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Travis

    @ Marry
    "I cannot believe there are any “undecided” voters anymore!"

    Why, because they don't gobble up every talking point they see and hear, or blindly follow one party over the other? Instead of trying to understand why there are still "undecided" voters out there, maybe a better question to ask is why they are undecided.

    October 24, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. obama is a let down

    so sad....i had high hopes for obama....i think we let romney have a go....

    October 24, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Expat American

    The Romney campaign could save a lot of money. All they would to do to fire up their electorate is strategically place Korans in all the Wal-Marts and Dollar Stores of Red State America. You’d have trailer park bigots running for the exits and straight to early voting booths to cast their vote for Romney – However, it’s unfortunate that if Romney wins, there won’t be a Democrat around to sign their welfare checks.

    October 24, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. PaulCat

    Don't listen to those people Mitt. I'm ready to buy that ocean front property you have for sell in Kansas.

    October 24, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Name Suzette

    God is in charge not Mitt and his money.

    October 24, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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