How Much Is the Republican National Committee Spending on TV Advertising for Trump? You May Be Surprised to Hear

Oct 13, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The level of spending by the Republican National Committee on TV advertising for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a new report, is zero.

“As Trump gets clobbered on the TV airwaves by his well-funded Democratic rival, the RNC has been conspicuously absent,” Politico reports. “A Politico analysis of campaign finance records reveals that the committee has not spent anything on commercials boosting Trump since he emerged as the party’s likely nominee.”

The report notes that the pattern represents a major departure from recent elections.

“In 2008 and 2012, the RNC spent tens of millions of dollars on so-called independent expenditures — principally TV ads, but also direct mail and phone banks — supporting its nominees or attacking their Democratic rivals,” Politico reports. “The lack of air cover has prompted grumbling from Trump aides and allies, many of whom believe that the RNC was never fully supportive of their candidate and that it’s now turning its back completely on the anti-establishment nominee as his poll numbers crater.”

The report quotes Curt Anderson, a former RNC political director who is working with the pro-Trump super PAC Rebuilding America Now, saying: “The Democrats have an unprecedented and lopsided advertising advantage in this race like we have never seen before, and it is having a serious and negative effect. It is possible that Trump has sealed his fate at this point, but it is still a terrible mistake not to have $50 million of advertising from the Republican Party exposing Hillary Clinton and keeping her numbers down.”


  1. So this guy has been basically neck & neck with Hillary without advertising – no wonder all media outlets are scared out of their minds that he will win! They know that the polls are designed to influence the outcome, not really report accurately (until a week before election day) so the “…his poll numbers crarer.” comment is actually another media “wish” at this point.

    • “Neck and neck?” What polls are you looking at? Even Fox News has her up by 7 points.

  2. You misspelled crater, Reality Check.

  3. I wonder who’s paying for the ads I see on TV in Houston? (He even does the tag line of approval.) Not one word about anything he will do; it’s all about Hillary.

  4. Trump is raising money on his own. Not at the level of Hillary, but he does have money to buy some ads and he has some organizations like The NRA that providing advertising. So his campaign is not broke. The Republican party is making a mistake not supporting him. Even if Hillary is only in for four years, her influence on the Supreme Court and the Presidential Administrative Laws that she passes will cause huge issues with the economy. The Republican party should be running ads about the relationship between James Comey and Cheryl Mills working as partners at the same law firm that prepared tax returns for the Clintons and did patent work for a software firm that played a role in the private email server Hillary used as secretary of state.

  5. RNC is cutting off it’s nose to spite it’s face.

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