And the winner is…..Mitt Romney! Romney, who was trailing in most polls just over one week before the primary used a good chunk of his unlimited money to “carpet bomb” the state of Michigan with negative ads about his rival. Rick Santorum and his billionaire Foster Freiss gave it a good run considering he is funded mostly by just one or two billionaires. But when the game was on the line, Romney’s hedge fund heroes won this battle.
Here are the top ad buyers for the Michigan primary:
- Romney Super PAC (Restore our Future) – $1.9 million
- Romney campaign – $1.5 million
- Santorum Super PAC (Red White and Blue Fund) – $1.2 million
- Santorum campaign – $1 million
Honorable Mention, Americans for Prosperity and American Future Fund – $1.1 million on “issue ads”.
Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network told the Detroit Free Press, “the Michigan primary was a perfect illustration of the fact that political campaigns are now mainly the domain of the very wealthy.”