Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has run an astonishing 60 thousand TV ads in her run for the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2008 election. But that number pales in comparison to the amount of air time purchased by the campaign of Barack Obama (D-IL). According to a Talkingpointmemo.com report based on TNS Media Intelligence data, Obama has spent 60M dollars to run 100 thousand ads. This compares to about 19 thousand ads run by John Kerry (D-MA) during the primaries while securing the 2004 Democratic nomination.
The fact that the 2008 primary battle is still contested by two strong candidates is of course a major contributing factor, but the larger factor is the awesome cash-generating machine constructed by the Obama campaign, which relies mainly on small donations made over the internet.
Other reports have pegged Obama’s March donation income at about 40M, ahead of both Clinton at about 20M and presumptive Republican nominee John McCain (R-AZ) at about 15M.