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Political Ad Spending tops $500 Million

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Campaign spending on radio and television advertising has crossed the half-billion-dollar mark.

With the $37 million being spent this week on political advertising—including the campaigns and the Super PACs that support them—the grand total for this campaign is now more than $512 million, about the amount spent on advertising in the entire 2008 general election, according to an NBC News/Smart Media Group Delta analysis.