Outside Groups Spend More Money Promoting Romney Than The Romney Campaign

According to a study of campaign ads between late April and early September of this year, the Romney campaign spent $37.8 million on ads during this period to promote their candidate. Outside groups, emboldened by Citizens United and similar decisions, spent $117.5 million. In other words, more than three times as much pro-Romney spending has come from organizations that can accept unlimited donations from millionaires and billionaires, rather than from campaign spending where donations are capped. In 2008, before Citizens United, outside groups paid for only 4 percent of the ads supporting Republican presidential candidate John McCain.