While news media attention has focused on the presidential candidates' chase of the voters in Iowa and New Hampshire and the GOP delegate fight in Michigan, year-end spending reports show some candidates spending heavily in other states as well.
Pat Robertson, for example, reports spending more than $817,000 in Texas and more than $300,000 in California and Florida. Vice President Bush said he spent $804,000 in Michigan and $170,000 in his home state of Texas. Sen. Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.) has spent $230,000 in Minnesota, an early primary state.
Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis (D) has spent more in Texas -- $207,504 -- than in New Hampshire, where he is the front-runner but where the legal spending limit is low.
And while Sen. Albert Gore Jr. (D-Tenn.) has criticized the Iowa caucus process and concentrated on the South, his report shows that he has spent $232,474 in Iowa, compared with $32,673 in Texas and $28,903 in Florida.
Fred Martin, Gore's campaign manager, said yesterday that Gore has been careful "to save our money until the voters are engaged, which is right about now."
Bush raised more in donations than any candidate, $18.6 million, with Robertson next at $14.2 million, Dole $13.8 million and Dukakis $10.2 million.
Bush had more than $5.7 million in the bank at the end of the year, more than any candidate of either party. Dole had $2.2 million in cash on hand.
Dukakis is the best-financed Democratic candidate, with $2.2 million banked at year's end and $625,000 in debts. Since Jan. 4, he also has collected more than $4.4 million in federal matching funds.
The reports also show that Robertson and Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.) faced sizable debts at year's end. Kemp owed $3.5 million and had $127,000 in the bank. Robertson had only $105,000 in the bank and $2.1 million in debts. But both campaigns have received sizable matching funds since Jan. 1 -- Kemp with $3.9 million, Robertson $6.5 million.