2012 Elections: $7 billion spent

by - April 19, 2013

Federal Election Commission:

WASHINGTON – Presidential and congressional candidates running in the 2012 election cycle, political parties and political action committees (PACs) received more than $7.1 billion and disbursed more than $7 billion in 2011-2012, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission that cover activity from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012. Filings submitted to the Commission in this two-year period indicated that disbursements for independent expenditures and electioneering communications totaled nearly $1.3 billion. Activity from Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2012 (figures in millions) Filers Receipts Disbursements 2012 Presidential Candidates $1,379.8 $1,359.8 2012 Congressional Candidates $1,878.8 $1,847.2 Party Committees $1,618.0 $1,599.3 PACs $2,259.1 $2,198.4 Total $7,135.7 $7,004.7           Communications Filings Total Independent Expenditures $1,250.5 Electioneering Communications $15.1 Total $1,265.6

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