Campaign Spending Return on Investment: Who Really Benefits?

Cindy Drukier
By Cindy Drukier
November 12, 2022The Nation Speaks

The midterm elections set a new record for campaign spending, according to—at least $16.7 billion, with more to come as millions pour into Georgia for the Senate runoff election.

But how effective is all this spending and is there an upward limit? That’s what we ask veteran political ad man Adam Goodman from Ballard Partners, and host of the “13th & Park” podcast.

Then in America Q&A, we ask, after two years in office, what do you think President Joe Biden’s biggest accomplishments are?

Next, we go back to campaign spending. Since most candidates don’t have millions of dollars of their own, where does their money come from, and what do donors expect in return? Dan McMillan, historian, author, and founder of Save Democracy in America, says the answer to this question is America’s biggest problem.

Finally, in our second America Q&A we ask: What profession do you respect the most?

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