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Donald Trump's campaign is broke, and his ad spending in the first week of September took a major hit. In six key battleground states, the Trump campaign spent just under $4 million in TV and radio advertising for Sept. 1-7 while the Biden campaign posted nearly $20 million in ad spending, according to NBC News.


  • Arizona: Biden $2 million, Trump $0
  • Florida: Biden $5.1 million, Trump $1.9 million
  • Michigan: Biden $2.6 million, Trump $0
  • North Carolina: Biden $3.0 million, Trump $1.3 million
  • Pennsylvania: Biden $4.7 million, Trump $0
  • Wisconsin: Biden $2.2 million, Trump $670,000

Overall, according to data from Advertising Analytics, the Biden campaign dropped $24.5 million on broadcast ads Sept. 1-7 as Team Trump spent just $6.2 million. But according to NBC, Trump super PACs swooped in to narrow that spending gap to around $6 million, with Biden and pro-Biden PACs spending a total of $29.4 million to $23.3 million for Trump and pro-Trump PACs.

Still, the spending gap along with Biden's massive $364.5 million haul in August is worrisome for both Trump's reelection bid and Republicans running down-ballot. The Trump campaign still hasn't released its August fundraising totals.

"Talking to my Republican sources, it's clear that this is a problem not just for the Trump campaign, but it's a problem for the entire GOP," Washington Post reporter Robert Costa told MSNBC Tuesday.

Costa said Republican strategist are uneasy about what they view as a "lack of grassroots momentum" that's hurting fundraising across the board. In 2016, Trump used earned media from rallies and other campaign events to help make up whatever shortfalls he initially suffered in fundraising and spending. But this year, Trump isn't getting a boost from his campaign rallies due to his abysmal handling of the pandemic. What comes around goes around.

Nationwide, Trump and his PACs had outspent Biden and his PACs $124 million to $38.4 million as of Aug. 31, according to CNN. But Trump had a head start of a month, and Biden/outside groups still managed to outspend Trump/outside groups in the battleground states, $183 million to $158 million, as of Aug. 31.

Based on the September start, Biden appears poised to completely light up the airwaves as Trump goes increasingly darker by comparison.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)