media travel costs for the US election campaign: $14 million

02Nov08

While this Politico article focuses on the news organizations that were booted from Obama’s campaign plane due to lack of space in the final days of the race, there’s one number in here that really jumps out at me: $9.6 million. That’s the amount that journalists have paid to travel with Obama for the election campaign, along with $4.4 million to ride along with John McCain. (The Obama number is larger partly due to the longer primary season, and I’d guess his international tour that was widely followed also wasn’t cheap.)

Put it together, and that’s a total of $14 million on media campaign travel expenses. Doing real, professional journalism isn’t cheap.

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One Response to “media travel costs for the US election campaign: $14 million”

  1. 1 chris

    hi burt
    giant waste of money. they shud have spent some of it covering the green party candidate, nader, any one other than those two corporate scum balls.


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