Presidential Candidates Raise More Than $1.6 Billion Combined

12:00 AM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

Greensboro, NC - Combined, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have raised more than $1 billion this election season. That's according to a study done by the New York Times.

For a little perspective, that's enough to cover Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and Burlington's city budgets. It would take the average American earning $50,000 a year, 32,000 years to match.

That's more than billion dollar figure only covers what the candidates, their respective parties and their largest political action committees raised.

There is another several hundred million dollars out there from other outside donors.

One of Gov. Romney's largest private donors wrote a check for $10 million to a pro-Romney political action committee. That's compared to President Obama's $3.5 million dollar PAC big donor.

A majority of this money goes to campaign ads.

According to CNN, in North Carolina, President Obama has spent more than $18 million on ads, while Romney spent about $13 million.

That pales in comparisons to the $61 million Obama spent in Florida, and the $28 million Romney spent in Ohio.

Overall, the president has out spent the governor on TV ads.

In a study completed by the Wesleyan Media Project, Denver has seen the most ads. In just one week, more than 4,700 ads aired.

Since April, Denver residents have watched more than 48,000 and nationwide, we've seen more than one-million.

The candidates are really racking up their frequent flier miles, too.

On election eve, Romney traveled more than 2,000 miles while Obama flew just over 1,000.

The most important number is probably 270, that's the number of electoral votes the candidates need to win on Election Day.

WFMY News 2

Most Watched Videos