Battleground States

Ka-Ching! States

The presidential TV ad battles began in earnest last month, with President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney taking to the air in nine battleground states. Total spending, from June 4 to July 8, was about equal, with Dems at $30.3 million and the GOP at $29.4 million. Eighty-nine percent of the spending for Obama was candidate money.