Thursday, October 21, 2010

Almost $750,000 is being spent every day on political ads in Colorado

Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet likes to tell voters how he agreed to get his three daughters a dog after the election. The girls talk about it so much that, in frustration, he recently asked his 11-year-old, Caroline, "What if I never got you a dog?"

She didn't skip a beat. "I would run an attack ad against you and tell everyone about the promises you don't keep," she said in Bennet's telling.

She must have seen a few such ads. Interest groups and the two political parties have spent more than $17.5 million on the Senate race here since the primary, far more than any other race in the country. Most of those millions have gone toward negative TV ads.

About $750,000 is spent every day in Colorado, where a tight race in a newly important swing state has drawn considerable interest. No matter their allegiances, voters here appear to have had enough.

"It's making me crazy," said Nancy Buchanan, 53, a Democrat and Bennet supporter from Parker. "I'm sick of it. It's hateful politics."

Others say they have seen so many ads that they don't even listen anymore. "When they come on, I usually just flip," said Barbara Piper, 68, a real estate agent from Lone Tree.   - More -

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