Ads—Pre-Campaign and Pre-Primary

More than a dozen presidential campaigns have now run TV ads, although some of the buys have been small.  The ad campaign began to pick up in July when billionaire Tom Steyer entered the race; on July 10 he announced a major ad buy.  Earlier, in the first part of 2019, several campaigns and interest groups did make small tactical buys, but through June 2019, only early-in candidate U.S. Rep. John Delaney had spent significant funds to run TV ads.  He aired his first ad on Feb. 4, 2018 during the Super Bowl in select markets in Iowa, and spent about a million dollars to run a total of seven ads through late July 2018.  The Trump campaign has also been on the air, and there have also been a few interest group ads touching on the presidential campaign.

Past Cycles: 2016  |  2012, 2012 Super PACs and groups  |  2008Dem2008Rep.  |  2004   |   2000

Note that this section does not include paid digital (online) ads."  See also:  538 "Tracking Every Presidential Candidates TV Ad Buys." and Nathaniel Rakich.  "We've Already Seen Twice As Many Presidential TV Ads Than At This Point In the 2016 Election." 538, Oct. 23, 2019.   
        

With assistance from Mike Dec  at 4president.org



Candidate Committees

 
Bennet for America
"2010" (Oct. 3, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Most" (Sept. 17, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Truth" (Sept. 17, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >

Biden for President (+)
"Moment" (Nov. 12, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Scranton Values" (Nov. 1, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Unhinged" (week of Oct. 7, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in some early states) >
"Personal" (Aug. 20, 2019 - :60 TV ad run in IA) >
"Bones" (Aug. 20, 2019 - :60 TV ad run in IA) >

Bullock for President
"Responsibility" (Nov. 6, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Only" (Nov. 6, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >

Pete for America

"Refreshing" (Nov. 13, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Solutions" (week of Oct. 21, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Recruit" (Oct. 11, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Your Choice" (Sept. 25, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Had To" (Sept. 23, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"The Only Way" (Sept. 6, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Fabric" and "The Trial" (Aug. 21, 2019 - :60 radio ads run in rural IA) 1, 2

Julián for the Future
"Ya basta (A message to Donald Trump | Censored)" (Aug. 13, 2019 - :30 TV ad run on FNC in Bedminister, NJ) >

Friends of John Delaney

"Truth" (Apr. 2, 2019 - :60 TV ad run in NH) >
"Focusing on the Future" (July 25, 2018 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"A Shared Humanity" (June 20, 2018 - :30 TV ad run in DC and IA) >
"Trump's Trade War" (Apr. 6, 2018 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Families" (Mar. 22, 2018 - :60 TV ad run in IA) >
"Jobs" (Feb. 8, 2018 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Early" (Feb. 5, 2018 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Dirty Word" (Feb. 4, 2018 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >

Gillibrand 2020
"Impossible" (Aug. 20, 2019 - :30 TV run in IA and NH) >
"Imagine" (Aug. 10, 2019 - :30 TV run in IA and NH)
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"I Promise" (week of July 9, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in targeted markets in PA, OH and MI) >

Kamala Harris for the People
"Me, Maya, and Mom" (Aug. 8, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >

Amy for America
"Whiner in the White House" (week of Oct. 23, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA and NH) >
"All of America" (Oct. 3, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA and NH) >

Moulton for America
"It's Time for a New Generation of Leadership IA" (June 26, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA, NH, NV and SC) >

Bernie 2020
"Belongs to Us" (Nov. 11, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
"Fights for Us (NH)" (Nov. 7, 2019 - :60 and :30 TV ads run in NH) >
"Fights for Us" (Oct. 3, 2019 - :60 and :30 TV ads run in IA) >

Joe Sestak for President
"United" (Oct. 13, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in NH) >

Tom Steyer 2020
"Real Economic Power" (Oct. 9, 2019 - :30 TV ad rum in IA, NH, NV and SC) >
"The Right Thing" (Oct. 8, 2019 - :30 TV ad rum in IA, NH, NV and SC) >
"Talk to Trump" (run on Fox and Friends in the five days leading up to Oct. 15, 2019 debate) >
"Together" (week of Oct. 7, 2019 - :30 TV ad to run in early states) >
"Village" (Sept. 25, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA, NH, NV and SC) >
"Not Even You, Donald" (Sept. 12, 2019 - :30 TV ad run nationally and in DC) >
"Economy" (Sept. 10, 2019 - :30 TV ads run in IA, NH, NV and SC) >
"Climate Change Voter" (Sept. 10, 2019 - :30 TV ads run in IA, NH, NV and SC) >
"Trust the People" (Aug. 14, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA, NH, NV and SC) >
"Trump is a Fraud" (July 30, 2019 - :30 TV ad run nationally and in IA, NH, NV and SC) >
"Money Where His Mouth Is" (July 10, 2019 - :30 TV ad run nationally and in IA, NH, NV and SC) >
"Keeping the Promise" (July 10, 2019 - :30 TV ad run nationally and in IA, NH, NV and SC) >

Swalwell for America
#BanAndBuyback ad (June 7, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in early states) >

Marianne Williamson for President
"Reparations - An Idea Whose Time Has Come" (Oct. 30, 2019 - :60 TV run in SC) >

Friends of Andrew Yang
"A New Way Forward" (Nov. 7, 2019 - :60 TV ad run in IA) >


Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.

Game 7 World Series Ad (Oct. 30, 2019 - :30 TV ad run during the final game of the World Series) >
"Facts" (Oct. 9, 2019 - :30 TV ad run nationally and locally in IA, NH, NV and SC) >
"Changing Things" (Oct. 3, 2019 - :30 TV ad run on national cable) >
"Biden Corruption" (Sept. 27, 2019 - :30 TV ad run on national cable) >
"They're All the Same" (July 30 and 31, 2019 - :30 TV ad run on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News) >


Outside Groups


Act Now On Climate (pro-Inslee)

Ad 2 (July 30, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA) >
Ad 1 (Mar. 5, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in IA and on national cable) >

Club for Growth Action
"Pedigree" (Mar. 11, 2019 - 2:00 TV ad run in IA) >

Demand Justice
"Michael Bennet– Helping Trump is NOT  a Good Look" (May 7, 2019 - :30 TV ad run in NH) >

 


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