Photo, above: 30,000 screaming patriots in Mobile, Alabama to see Donald Trump. And his clueless opponents can’t figure out why they aren’t able to stop him. As Trump, himself, said, “It’s not me. It’s the message!”
By Thomas Madison
The anti-Trump forces have spent a staggering $75 million in negative advertising to stop the Trump Train during the current primary campaign. And that only includes ads run on broadcast television. Many more anti-Trump ads were run on cable and satellite TV, but that data was not tracked.
Leading the way in dollars spent in anti-Trump ads was a PAC loyal to Marco Rubio, followed by a Canadian Cruz PAC, and in third place, a PAC loyal to Jeb! Bush. The crooked Canadian spent more than any other individual candidate trying to throw a wrench into The Donald’s momentum with negative advertising. Even Hitlery Clinton spent over $5 million in anti-Trump advertising. What is she worried about? I suggest the Wicked Witch of Benghazi save every dime she can for her impending criminal defense.
Reince Preibus declaring Trump presumptive is huge. Trump now takes over convention planning, gets to form joint finance committee with RNC.
— Eric Fehrnstrom (@EricFehrn) May 4, 2016
The television ad campaign to defeat Donald Trump was at least a $75.7 million effort, according to the ad tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. (Their full estimate: $75,723,580)
It comprised nearly 64,000 ad spots throughout the campaign.
And that’s the figure for broadcast television alone. Anti-Trump ads also ran on cable and satellite television, but the tracking data does not capture that.
A pro-Marco Rubio group spent the most against Trump. Conservative Solutions PAC spent more than one out of every four dollars against Trump — about $19.7 million.
One of their spots — “Serious” — was the most-run anti-Trump ad. It ran 3,939 times.
A pro-Ted Cruz group aired the second-most run anti-Trump ad. “Day One” criticizes Trump among other candidates.
The pro-Jeb Bush super PAC Right to Rise USA spent nearly $10 million, the second-most of any group.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign spent $5.2 million on ads with anti-Trump messages, the most of any presidential candidate on either side of the aisle.
Cruz’s campaign spent more than any other Republican against Trump, some $4.3 million.