President Obama and Mitt Romney have made their share of trips to New York State while on the campaign trail. But instead of town halls or big speeches, the visits are mostly for private fundraisers, looking to raise some money for their respective campaigns. But even as the candidates are raising all that cash, New Yorkers are not seeing many campaign ads. At least, not compared to people in other states. YNN's Grace Rauh has more.
UNITED STATES -- As far as Mitt Romney and President Obama are concerned, this is where the gold is. They swoop in to New York City to mine for campaign contributions. In fact, President Obama will be back in the city on Monday for another big-ticket fundraiser. But the money they raise here is largely spent outside the five boroughs. It funds an advertising war in swing states like Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.
Prominent Democrat fundraiser Robert Zimmerman says it is a great deal for New Yorkers.
“Democrats and Republicans alike get to support and raise money for the candidates of their choice. But because we are not a battleground state, we don't have to watch these dreadful monotonous political ads. Everybody wins,” democratic fundraiser Robert Zimmerman said.
New Yorkers are exposed to some presidential ads on national cable. But swing state residents are drowning in them. It is not just the campaigns that are advertising. Super PACs and other outside groups are on TV as well.
“If you are living in Columbus, Ohio right now, you are seeing twice as many spots when you turn on your TV as you saw four years ago at this time,” said Elizabeth Wilner, Campaign Media Analysis Group, Kantar Media.
Both sides have gone negative. President Obama is attacking Romney's business record and finances.
Romney's camp is trying to use Democrats to make its case against Obama.
Wilner said, “Ads are a really big story for the 2012 campaign and the campaigns have figured that out. They actually try to shape the narrative of the debate by rolling out new spots.”
These new spots are certainly not targeting New Yorkers. You can be sure they were crafted with a swing state audience in mind.