Campaign analysis performed by our very own Wesleyan Media Project received mention on JournalEnquirer.com; reporting the project’s numbers, JournalEnquirer observed that senatorial hopeful Linda McMahon (of WWE fame) has financed seventy percent of the campaign ads associated with the race for the Connecticut U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Chris Dodd. It seems that the Republican nominee will spare little expense in her bid to defeat CT Attorney General Dick Blumenthal.
McMahon’s spending habits are by no means exceptional, however; nor is the recognition of the media team’s efforts an isolated occurrence. Albuquerque, New Mexico’s KRQE News 13, also referenced the Wesleyan Media Project, which found that television ads for gubernatorial candidates have proliferated dramatically this year, doubling in volume since the elections of ’06. Finally, CBS News (dayyyyyum, shawty) cited the project’s study on congressional election spending, noting that expenditures on related political ads have jumped by seventy-five percent.
Some have wisely attributed the increase in political advertising to the relaxation of corporate campaign finance restrictions that followed a Supreme Court decision at the start of this year—of course, being a professional wrestling magnate doesn’t hurt, either.