Negative ads up 100% in 2008 so far

Kearsarge Global Advisors says that so far in 2008, $20,826,032 have been spent on 55,019 spots in 33 states, along with minimal national cable placements. Year-to-date spending increased more than 100% in the first three weeks of September. From September 1st through the 23rd, campaigns spent $10,872,849, as compared to $9,953,183 in the prior eight months combined. KGA initially forecast that a minimum of $66 mln will be spent on negative ads related to issues such as outsourcing, tax breaks, trade with China, NAFTA/CAFTA, foreign ownership, and “unfair” trade policies.