WaPo: Bernie Sanders' Campaign Has Spent Nearly $166M

'More Than $91 Million Went to a Small Group of Admakers and Media Buyers'

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Bernie Sanders campaigns in Huntington, West Virginia, on April 26.
Bernie Sanders campaigns in Huntington, West Virginia, on April 26. Credit: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

A new Washington Post story by Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy calculates that Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign had, by the end of March, spent nearly $166 million on his presidential bid. The story appears on the front page of this morning's Post with the headline "Sanders's donor spigot a cash cow for consultants" and online with the headline "Sanders is biggest spender of 2016 so far -- generating millions for consultants."

A key passage:

By the end of March, the self-described democratic socialist senator from Vermont had spent nearly $166 million on his campaign -- more than any other 2016 presidential contender, including rival Hillary Clinton. More than $91 million went to a small group of admakers and media buyers who produced a swarm of commercials and placed them on television, radio and online, according to a Washington Post analysis of Federal Election Commission reports.

Granted, Hillary Cliinton came very close: The Washington Post pegs her campaign spending at nearly $165 million. Read the full story here.

Secretary Clinton has vastly more support from PACs and advocacy groups, which have been spending heavily on TV and radio ads supporting her campaign, as an Ad Age Datacenter analysis of Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG) data shows. Read that report, released today, here.

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