Super PAC spending higher in New Hampshire than Iowa

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Governor Jeb Bush (L) speaks as U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R) looks on during the debate held by Fox Business Network for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 10, 2015.

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Last Updated Dec 28, 2015 11:28 AM EST

Spending from super PACs during this 2016 election cycle has so far been higher in New Hampshire than in Iowa, according to The Des Moines Register.

After analyzing filings with the Federal Election Commission, the Register found that super PACs have spent $36.4 million in New Hampshire while they've spent $26.6 million in Iowa.

At the beginning of August, on the other hand, much more had been spent in Iowa than in New Hampshire at that point in the race.

The Register noted that the rise in spending in the Granite State could be attributed to the fact that six candidates have largely been focusing on garnering support there before the Feb. 9 primary. This includes Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, George Pataki, John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham, who dropped out of the race last week.

Right to Rise, the super PAC backing Bush, has reserved more than $10 million in TV airtime between January and the primary in New Hampshire, CBS News confirmed. Two ads are expected to air during the Super Bowl.

Conservative Solutions PAC, backing Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, has launched ads touting his work to fight ObamaCare in Iowa in Hampshire.

The Center for Responsive Politics, which gathers campaign finances data, says that Right to Rise has raised $103 million so far, while Conservative Solutions has raised $16 million.

  • Rebecca Shabad

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