Report shows how America's election campaigns gulped over R135 billion

Report shows how America's election campaigns gulped over R135 billion

As Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, November 3, to elect principal political office holders, Briefly.co.za takes a look at the financial cost of the electioneering process so far.

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According to a report by MediaPost, the political campaigns by the Democrats and the Republicans across TV, radio, and digital have gulped a massive $8.15 billion.

The report indicates that the Democrats spend more than the Republicans as they strive to unseat President Donald Trump and take over other major seats in the elections.

The Democrats

As at October 30, the Democrats have spent $4.6 billion in candidate campaign, party, and political action committees for all the seats they are vying for.

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The Republicans

According to the report, the Republicans have spent $907 million.

Presidential Campaign

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Presidential campaign gulps a higher percentage of the spending with a collective $2.94 billion for all advertising.

In this category, total Democratic presidential spending dominates at $2.16 billion while Republican presidential spending trails at $780 million.

Senate Campaign

Collectively, Senate race political advertising spending has gulped $2 billion.

Democrats also lead with $1.1 billion while Republicans have spent $870 million.

House of Representatives

Spending for House of Representatives is at $1.15 billion: $649 million for Democratic candidates and $500 million for Republicans.

According to MediaPost, the spending for the governorship race cost a total of $250 million.

All other political spending comes in at $1.8 million , according to the report.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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