Washington Post: Ron Paul, big spender...on ads!Submitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 01/03/2012 - 18:20
A detailed examination of the money being spent by the Republican presidential candidates on television ads produces a somewhat surprising result: Texas Rep. Ron Paul is spending the most money on commercials in early states.
According to ad buy information provided to the Fix by a Republican following the TV ad wars closely, Paul spent $554,000 on television ads in Iowa ($344,000) and New Hampshire ($210,000) in the week beginning Dec. 19 and ending Dec. 25.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry finished a close second with $509,000 spent, the vast majority of that — about $452,000 — in Iowa. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the favorite for the nomination, spent a surprisingly pedestrian $387,000 in the week leading up to Christmas including just $227,000 in Iowa.