That’s the number of presidential election ads that ran in the seven-day period ended Sept. 24, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG.
President Barack Obama’s campaign accounted for 29,505 of those spots, about half the total and more than twice the 12,973 spots supplied by Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee. American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, two outside groups founded with help from Republican strategist Karl Rove, combined to run 10,733 spots, about as much as Romney.
Republican groups active on television in the past week included Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney super-political action committee that ran 1,284 ads, and the Republican Jewish Coalition, which accounted for 1,045 spots.
The top pro-Obama outside group was Priorities USA Action, a super-PAC run by former White House aides. It ran 2,754 spots, helping the pro-Obama side run more total ads than the pro-Romney side during the week.