In the first 12 days of the year, a super PAC backing Jeb Bush spent more than $13.5 million in Iowa, New Hampshire and other states on ads and direct mail promoting the former Florida governor and attacking his rivals.
That amount is more than super PACs spent in the entire year leading up to the 2012 Iowa caucuses.
Since the campaign season began last year, super PACs have spent more than $109 million to trumpet the major candidates for the Republican nomination, a Wall Street Journal analysis of Federal Election Commission filings shows.
By contrast, super PACs in 2011 spent just $6.4 million in support of their candidates.
The $60.9 million that Right to Rise, the super PAC backing Mr. Bush, has reported spending this election cycle on advertising has done little to budge the candidate’s poll numbers. Mr. Bush has the support of less than 5% of Republican voters nationally, according to the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls. By contrast, Donald Trumphas led in national polling and in New Hampshire, site of the second nominating contest, for months, while super PACs have spent only about $170,600 to promote his candidacy, according to the FEC filings.
It seems that, while politicians can be bought and sold like street whores, voters are more selective.