So, err, money doesn’t buy US elections then?

Good news:

In fascinating figures released by NBC News, Donald Trump has so far spent a mere $21,7000 on broadcast advertising, compared to the eye-watering $28.9m spent by Jeb Bush, currently languishing at 3% of the poll compared with Trump’s 36%. Trump is allowing the evolved ecology of TV coverage and the new power of the social web do the work for him, live tweeting along the way.

So we don’t have to worry about Citizens United then, do we?

19 thoughts on “So, err, money doesn’t buy US elections then?”

  1. Turns out the squillions that the Koch Brothers et al have been throwing into various PACs/Slush Funds have accomplished the grand total of sweet fuck all. Why would Trump bother spending money on TV ads when he can fire off a spread off tweets or call up one of the major networks who happily drop trou to have him on?

    He’ll almost certain to lose (though I’m increasingly of the opinion that’ll he’ll take his parties nomination) but he’s doing a splendid job of smashing up the the smug political class and party hacks.

  2. What would you do faced by the choice of the ludicrous risk that is Trump and the certain horror that is Hitlery?

    Still, I imagine that if he really is a threat she’ll have him bumped off.

  3. Donald Trump gets massive amounts of free airtime from the mainstream TV channels who unanimously favour the Democrat political establishment.
    I wonder why?

  4. After listening to Barack Obama tell America last night that ISIS will be defeated by his twin pronged attack of increased domestic gun control and decreased “Islamophobia” amongst the citizenry, what exactly would it be about Donald Trump that would actually frighten anyone?

  5. Donald Trump gets massive amounts of free airtime from the mainstream TV channels who unanimously favour the Democrat political establishment.
    I wonder why?

    I know where you’re going with that and you’re wrong. Trump gets airtime because Trump gets ratings. The mainstream may be whores for the Democratic Party, but as with all whores, when the choice is between love and money, money wins.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    Just caught up with the Economist from last week, they laid in to Trump in no uncertain terms.

  7. Dennis,
    Obama does have a point about those on the no-fly list being able to buy guns.

    If he was President, that sort of thing just wouldn’t happen.

  8. Just caught up with the Economist from last week, they laid in to Trump in no uncertain terms.

    I’m not surprised. The Economist is made up of Oxbridge elites who represent the Establishment easily as much as the BBC, and think the world would be so much better if only those clever people like themselves were in charge. The self-selected elites are scared rigid of a Trump presidency, the same as they were terrified of UKIP at the last election.

  9. So Much For Subtlety

    Dennis the Peasant – “Trump gets airtime because Trump gets ratings. The mainstream may be whores for the Democratic Party, but as with all whores, when the choice is between love and money, money wins.”

    Well yes, but it does seem that they are also torn between 1. trying incite a Twitter-lynching and 2. assuming that if they explain why the nasty man is so nasty slowly enough their audiences will be smart enough to understand and to vote for Hilary.

    The contempt they have for their audience is a sight to behold. On the other hand Ralph Peters has just gone up in my estimation by calling Obama a pussy on air. While Fox has gone down for suspending him.

    Bloke in North Dorset – “Just caught up with the Economist from last week, they laid in to Trump in no uncertain terms.”

    Well the Left does hate Trump. Meantime he has called for no more Muslim immigration. Got to love the man. He knows his base.

  10. If the election ends up being Trump vs Hilary then the only sane option for the rest of the world is a coordinated nuclear strike.

  11. I think Trump may realises the position is now largely ceremonial and would be quite happy to have fun without causing any real fuss that might mean him having to do real work and decisions while he’s figuring out how best to monetise the position without being impeached.

  12. So Much For Subtlety

    Matthew L – “If the election ends up being Trump vs Hilary then the only sane option for the rest of the world is a coordinated nuclear strike.”

    Yet again we see the Left’s basic problem with democracy. And desire for mass murder too.

    Bloke not in Cymru – “I think Trump may realises the position is now largely ceremonial”

    That Obama wishes to pretend it is doesn’t make it so.

    “while he’s figuring out how best to monetise the position without being impeached.”

    Hilary is so far ahead of him that he is probably blinded by the glow off her red-shifting ar$e.

  13. Obama does have a point about those on the no-fly list being able to buy guns.

    Over 70 people on the no-fly list are employed by the Dept. of Homeland Security. Draw your own conclusion as to whether limiting their ability to legally purchase firearms would make the world safer…

  14. I saw the Ralph Peters interview and laughed out loud when he called Obama a pussy. It’s funny because you know 2/3 of the male population of the US came to that conclusion years ago.

    Peters’ real sin was not using the politically correct term for “pussy”: Beta Male.

  15. Dennis,
    That was sort-of my point. There’s probably a reason he’s ignored this “insane” situation for so many years.

    There is good news however, and that’s Denied Party Screening.

    The addresses on all eCommerce mail, everything from Amazon for example, is individually screened at great cost to ensure that nothing goes to wrong uns. No Home Alone for you Jihadi John!

    Of course, they could use a different name or their neighbours address. But that would be cheating, and not even ISIS would stoop that low.

  16. Obummers gun control tripe sounds largely like a scheme to leave (yet another) turd on the carpet for Hitlery to step in. That and Obamacares.

    The Yanks–God Bless ’em–have already reached the stage of widespread non-compliance with gun control tyranny and President Scrawney-Shite knows that. They are buying more guns than ever God Bless ’em again and he has neither the time nor political resources to force stuff thro’. It is high time that the dictat-by-executive-order antics he has been trying to get away with was stopped. It would be glorious indeed if his evil career could be crowned with impeachment. Unlikely but we can hope.

  17. Peters’ real sin was not using the politically correct term for “pussy”: Beta Male.

    That’s disappointing: I was assuming from SMFS’s comment that Obama had been called (with as close a euphemism as is possible on air) a cunt.

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