A $3 billion blitz

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the television set.

Looks like political campaign TV ads will top $3 billion — that’s “billion” with a “b.”

Political TV advertising to reach $3 billionA wide-open presidential race and a willingness by candidates, interest groups, unions and corporations to buy TV time will lead to historic spending for political and issue-advocacy advertising in the 2008 election cycle, an analysis shows.

[CNN Political News]


  1. keith

    Has anyone told these clowns how utterly disgusting all their political campaign ads are?

    Here in New Hampshire, we’ve been bombarded with campaign rhetoroic and media advertising for the 2008 primary and general election (not to mention page upon page of “political news” in the local paper) for going on some 3 YEARS now.

    And ALL of it is getting old…REALLY old, primarily because the story each candidate tells (their so-called “stump speech”) really doesn’t change much. It’s like watching the same summer reruns on television over and over again except that the “new season” never arrives.

    What seems to have happened is that ALL of these clowns are now in a perpetual campaign (spelled: “fund raising”) mode. This fact then begs the obvious question: If these leeches are so busy raising campaign cash, when do they have any time left over to actuallly run the country?

    I think our friends north of the border (in Canada) have the right idea. There, once a “no confidence” motion is made in their House of Commons the current government dissolves and all candidates then have a month or so to campaign. In addition, most of their campaign funds come from tax dollars and are parceled out based on their party’s popularity in past elections.

    However, unlike the USA, where political campaigns seem to go on and on (and ON!), after a month or so of campaigning where all political parties (large and small) have a voice, the elections are held, and then (gasp!) everyone actually goes back to work. But what is also most refreshing is that ALL the campaign advertising then comes to a screeching, grinding HALT as well!

    The bottom line here is that, in Canada, THEIR elected representatives spend most of their time in office actually WORKING FOR THE COUNTRY rather than constantly worrying about stuffing their campaign coffers with cash for the next election.

    Gee…politicians actually working for the country rather than perpetually having their hands out begging for money….what a concept!