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Here's How Much Jeb Bush and His Allies Have Spent on Ads

It's a third of total ad spending in the 2016 race so far.
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‘16 from 30,000: Here’s your number of the day: Of the $111 million - yes, million - that’s been spent on 2016 campaign ads so far this year, a THIRD came from Jeb Bush and his super PAC. Right to Rise has shelled out $37 million in ads, and the Bush campaign has chipped in another $1 million. Compare that to 2012, when the TOTAL ad spending at this point in the presidential cycle was $35 million. So Jeb Bush has not only spent nearly twice as much as his nearest competitor this cycle, Marco Rubio and his allies -- he’s also spent MORE than what Mitt Romney, plus Newt Gingrich, plus Rick Perry, plus Ron Paul, plus John Huntsman, *plus* Barack Obama had all doled out at this point four years ago. And his national polling average? Somewhere around five percent. Ouch.


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