The Green Zone
A Flush Obama Campaign Pulls Out All the Stops
By Shailagh Murray
What does $40 million a month buy a presidential candidate? A whole lot of airtime and office space.
Sen. Barack Obama's copious cash flow means he can compete as aggressively in the final Democratic contests as he did in the early days of the primary campaign. The Illinois senator already is vastly outspending Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pennsylvania, to the tune of $3 million TV and radio ads, including a Spanish-language TV spot that just went on air in Philadelphia. Clinton's Keystone ad buy, by contrast, had barely topped $500,000 as of midweek (although that's likely to change soon).
In North Carolina, one of the two vital May 6 states, the Obama campaign's office count has risen to 16, including such smaller locales as Hickory, Boone and Elizabeth City. Two Obama television ads are airing around the state, at a total cost of $800,000, according to a source familiar with the campaign's media budget. Today alone, an army of organizers and volunteers conducted 22 training and and voter registration sessions, focusing in particular on African Americans, students, independents and Republicans.
In Indiana, the other May 6 contest, the Obama campaign has so far spent over $1 million on TV and radio ads. The office tally climbed today to 17. The Obama campaign's latest gimmick: a high school-outreach program that targets students who will turn 18 by the Nov. 4 general election, making them eligible as primary voters. Indiana students who register at least 20 of their peers by April 6 will be eligible to play three-on-three basketball with Obama, a big-time hoops fan and reputed aggressor on the court.
Posted at 7:26 PM ET on Apr 3, 2008
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