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Political ad spending in the U.S. in 2015/16 and 2019/20 cycles

According to calculations from February 2020, the political ad spending in the United States during the 2019/2020 election cycle will reach 6.89 billion U.S. dollars. That would represent a 63.3 percent increase from the total political ad spending during the 2015/2016 cycle.

Political advertising spending in the in the United States 2015/2016 and 2019/2020 election cycles

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

2015/2016 and February 2020

Supplementary notes

*Forecast data as of February 2020.

Data includes advertising related to federal, state or local politics, including elections and lobbying activities as well as advertising directly related to legislative and regulatory issues.

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