Can you feel it coming / in the air tonight ...
The University of Wisconsin Advertising Project "codes and analyzes nearly all of the political advertising that is aired in 2008 federal and gubernatorial races across the country." Yesterday it released a very interesting report on the two presidential candidates' advertising in the week of September 28-October 4 [..]. There's a bunch of goodies in there, data-wise.
$28 million in one week
First of all, there's the sheer volume of advertising that's going on. Baffling amounts of money are being spent on equally stunning numbers of ads. In that one week alone, the two campaigns spent over $28 million on TV advertising.
That's almost twice as much as in the first week of September. It's also one and a half times as much as "the Bush and Kerry campaigns and their party and interest group allies spent" in the equivalent week of 2004. (Remember the reports back then about the unprecedented role money played in a record-breaking year of campaign spending?)
$28 million in one week. I mean, you could have 28 million young Africans immunised against meningitis for that. Just saying.
The result was that in the Las Vegas media market, Obama ads were aired 1,288 times in one week, and McCain ads 712 times. That's a lot of ads.
Charting the ads
Secondly, the sheer extent to which Obama is outspending McCain on the airwaves. And the revealing differences in where they spend their money. In this one week, "the Obama campaign spent just under $17.5 million while the McCain campaign and the RNC spent just under $11 million combined." I've graphed it, of course. This is by how much Obama is outspending McCain - and where: