In the most expensive election ever, President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s cash-flush campaigns aren’t just shelling out loot for ad consultants and glossy mailers — their massive budgets also include lines for familiar products like Starbucks coffee, Apple gadgets and Domino’s pizza. To show how this tsunami of election-season dough enters the broader economy, The Daily compiled all disclosed spending from both campaigns between April 2011 and September 2012 and broke down the results into six major categories.

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October 2012