2012 Campaign Spending To Reach New Heights

By KBJR News 1

April 23, 2012 Updated Apr 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM CDT

Political campaign spending seems to go up every election cycle...and according to new projections, it could be moving to new heights this year.

The vast sums that are spent on political campaigns are reaching new heights this year.

"This is a whole new game of American politics where the campaign season never ends," says Wisconsin Republican Congressman 7Th District, Sean Duffy.

According to a study conducted by research firm Borrell Associates, total election spending for 2012 will reach nine-point-eight-billion dollars...two-point-eight-billion more than in 2008...A number Northland candidates feel spending is getting out of control.

"Most of the elections around the country are decided by who has the most money, and that's wrong. I think we need campaign reform desperately. We've reached a stage in this country where big money is dominating our politics," says DFL Candidate for 8Th District, Rick Nolan.

"Ad spending is always a major part of a campaign...but the things that we're going to concentrate on getting out to the people, job growth, job expansion," says Minnesota Republican Congressman for 8Th District, Chip Cravaack.

Congressman Sean Duffy says instead of increasing campaign funding, they should be looking at fixing federal spending.

"We have to address this debt. We owe almost 16-trillion dollars. For the last four years this country has borrowed over a trillion dollars every year, we have to change course," says Congressman Duffy.

In 2008, spending on Cable TV ads was an estimated 468-million dollars...and analyst's think that number could double in this year's election.

"I think we have to look at what our priorities are, what's important. Getting money, especially these corporate dollars, out of politics, out of political races is very important," says DFL Candidate for 8Th District, Jeff Anderson.

According to the political website, Politico, Minnesota and Wisconsin Democrats are expected to spend close to three-million dollars on broadcast TV advertising in congressional campaigns.

Danyel Piecek