Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney still leads in overall fundraising over Barack Obama in Arizona, and Republicans have been quick to dismiss the two-month disparity as a fluke. Polls show Romney will likely take Arizona easily.
“The reelection campaign of Barack Obama is back in the lead on the fundraising front after raising $114 million in August. The total, which is a combination of funds raised by the campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Obama’s victory committee, exceeds the $111.6 million the Romney campaign said that they raised in combination with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Romney Victory for the same time period. This marks the first time since the Romney campaign and the RNC started raising money together that the Obama team has beaten them in monthly fundraising.”
The 2012 presidential and congressional elections will be the most expensive on record, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics estimates. The Center predicts, based on data from 18 months of fundraising and spending, that the elections will cost $5.8 billion, an increase of 7 percent from the 2008 cost of $5.4 billion.
So far overall in the first 18 months of the 2012 cycle, $2.2 billion has been spent, compared with $2.4 billion in 2008.
The presidential race by itself will cost about $2.5 billion, the Center predicts, in funds laid out by the candidates, Democratic and Republican party committees and outside spending groups.
Nice map from National Journal that geographically displays which congressional races House party committees and some select super PACs are targeting with their advertising budgets. Seems the blue team is working pretty hard.