GOP candidates are not spending much money in Iowa
Republican candidates for president are not spending much of their campaign war chests in Iowa, an analysis from The Huffington Post shows.
Reporter Sam Stein analyzed federal election data to see how much GOP presidential hopefuls spent on staff, office space, campaign stops and other items in the Hawkeye State.
Other than former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the candidates have doled out a small percentage of their funds in the state hosting the first major presidential contest on Jan. 3.
Here’s what Stein found:
- Through September 30 (the end of the third-quarter fundraising period), Bachmann had led the field, sending $506,372 to Iowa recipients. But that was just 7.3 percent of all expenditures her campaign has made.
- Santorum, by contrast, has spent $273,940 on Iowa, more than 25 percent of his total campaign expenditures.
- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is running an Iowa-centric campaign, has sent just $55,202 to Iowa recipients (2.63 percent), though that doesn’t take into account the fact that he began his campaign later than the competition and has now begun running ads in the state.
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is tied atop The Des Moines Register poll of voters, has sent just under $160,000 to Iowans (0.9 percent of all money his campaign has spent).
- Herman Cain, who was tied with Romney atop that Register poll, has sent just under $176,000 to recipients in Iowa (4.39 percent of all expenditures made).
- Rep. Ron Paul(R-Texas) has sent $182,211 to Iowa recipients (2.02 percent)
- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose campaign is in serious debt, has spent $59,643 in Iowa (2.34 percent).
- Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who has written Iowa off, has not spent a single cent in the state.