01/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

$2.6 Billion Spent On Political Ads In 2008

Total spending on political advertising this year by candidates and interest groups reached at least $2.6 billion, the highest amount ever in a presidential election year, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political advertising expenditures.

Most of it -- $2 billion -- was spent on local broadcast television, which should surprise no one living in a battleground state.

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