The Costliest Campaign
The major presidential candidates and their supporters since 2001 have spent more than $2 billion for the 2004 election. Amounts from both parties were about equal. Independent 527 groups supporting Sen. John F. Kerry outspent those supporting President Bush, but a larger portion of the Democratic 527 dollars went to salaries and administrative costs.
SOURCES: Dwight L. Morris & Associates, Federal Election Commission, Internal Revenue Service, Center for Public Integrity, Center for Responsive Politics, Washington Post staff | The Washington Post