Super PACs Finally Loosen the Purse Strings, Spend $6 Million in a Few Days

Mar 6, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The Super PACs have finally put to rest fears that they’re not in a spending mood this year. In the runup to today’s Super Tuesday elections, the political funding organizations loosened the purse strings and shelled out more than $6 million in media spending in just a few days, Multichannel News reports.

The report cites figures from the Sunlight Foundation, noting that Super PACs were required to file spending reports by the end of last week with the Federal Communications Commission.

The story reports: “According to Sunlight’s online Super PAC tracker, the Restore Our Future PAC backing Mitt Romney reported it had spent over $4.6 million on media buys between Feb. 28 and March 5, including a $416,000 national cable buy. Virtually all of Restore America’s ads were attacks on either Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich.”

Early last week TV stations were still reporting light spending in advance of Super Tuesday, the story notes. But spending had been expected to pick up.

The report adds: “The Winning Our Future PAC backing Gingrich added another $1.8 million in TV ad buys to the total between Feb. 28 and March 2, all supporting Gingrich, rather than opposing his competition. For its part, Santorum’s Red, White and Blue fund was not giving up much green to TV, spending only about $250,000 on TV ads between Feb. 28 and March 3, again in support of their candidate.”

At stake in today’s elections are 410 delegates in primaries and caucuses in Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia, and Alaska, the story notes.

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