WASHINGTON—Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) outspent chief rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on polling and research by almost three to one during the last three months, according to the latest financial disclosure reports filed on Sunday. But the polling costs may be more even because Clinton owes her pollsters money.
Clinton uses one firm, Penn, Schoen & Berland, paying them for polling ten times during the second quarter of 2008 for a total of $237,500. But the firm is also owed $421,873.65 --though some of that may be for direct mail services, not polls.
Obama made 16 payments during April, May and June to four companies his campaign uses for a total of $620,793. Obama’s team paid the Benenson Strategy Group; Brilliant Corners Research; David Binder Research and Harstad Strategic Research.