Posted: 1:26 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014

Georgia Senate campaigns unleash more than $5M in ads ahead of primary 

By Greg Bluestein

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A tipster sent us over this recently prepared research that outlines the media buys for the Georgia Senate candidates. The screaming headline is that more than $5 million has already been spent by the candidates and outside forces ahead of the May 20 primary.

Look a little closer, though, and you’ll find some other interesting tidbits. One is that Ending Spending, the conservative Super PAC going after Democrat Michelle Nunn is spending a lot more than the $150,000 initially reported. Ending Spending confirmed the $1.3 million buy and said it will pay for more than just that one anti-Nunn ad, but the group would not provide further details.

The numbers represent media buys for ads the campaigns have already run or reserved for the future. Not surprisingly, Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue, who have some of the biggest hauls, also have the biggest buys. And Democrat Michelle Nunn, facing little-known challengers in her party’s primary, seems to be conserving her campaign cash with the exception of a few strategic TV buys.

Rep. Phil Gingrey is focusing his ad spending on his home base of Atlanta with an ad buy of $725,000 in the metro market, while Kingston and Perdue are spreading their buys around the state.

Rep. Paul Broun and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, who trail the others in fundraising, also have the fewest media buys. (Handel’s campaign disputes the figure you see above, but concedes it doesn’t yet have the fiscal firepower to match her rivals).

Take a look for yourself:

 

57 comments
Tincup
Tincup

The pathetic reality is that too many Georgians would for a serial killer if he ran for office with an (R) behind his name.  Voters in Florida knew Rick Scott was the CEO of a large hospital company that was involved in massive medicaide/medicare fraud and yet they still voted for him --- and that Deal escaped Washington two steps in front of an ethics investigation.  But it doesn't seem to matter to those capable of rationalizing  and compartmentalizing their religious values and convictions.

PatrickThompson
PatrickThompson

What could this amount of spending, which is done with very little result, do for the working poor in this State?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Predictions:

Deal and Perdue win the GA Governorship and Senate next November, and Republicans get control of the Senate.

Hillary Clinton succeeds Obama and Democrats win the Senate back in 2016.

There - that should make both liberals and conservatives unhappy.  

honested
honested

'Ending Spending' outspends all but the most heavily connected repugnican candidate.



On another note, the handel camp must be counting on the dolt vote, which will saver cash strapped campaign on print ads.

td1234
td1234

Yes I can just see how Republicans or even conservative leaning independents in this red state are going to vote for Nunn when the Senate is in the balance. 


Not going to happen.  

ndfirstsection
ndfirstsection

I've been a Democrat since 1959, right after I got out of the USMC.  If Michelle is  unwilling to call herself a Democrat then I will vote for some else.  Also, she has to say what she opposes and supports.  Is she for raising taxes rather than reducing  spending?  How about the PP@ACA?  I  asked (in the comments section on her website) and the multiple replies I received asked for donations - not a single answer to my questions.  Try it yourself but be prepared to get flooded with requests for donations.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Just went to a fundraiser for Michelle Nunn. Very impressive. Fifteen years ago she would have been an excellent mainstream Republican. Those same ideas and goals now make her a Democrat.

DontTread
DontTread

Wow, look at all the nice colored bars showing somebody spending money on free speech that liberals disagree with.  I suppose the rainbow colors are the only thing keeping the liberals from going over the edge. :)

findog
findog

up here in Hall County it all Broun all the time

at least if you go by yard signs

then again, its just a few yards with multiple signs

maybe they're just setting up for our local hero's reelection campaign

need to save $700k and used stakes may be part of their tightened budget


findog
findog

so that call at 3am went straight to kingston's voice mail?

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Kingston is a dud,  his ads prove it.

Why the fear over Purdue ?

HazelDukes
HazelDukes

Does anyone think the Kingston ad with "Obama" on the phone works?  Seems a bit strange. Unless being anti-Obama is all that it takes in the primary.

DannyX
DannyX

@The_Centrist, anyone that is familiar with your past predictions, whether liberal or conservative, have no reason to be unhappy with your "predictions."

honested
honested

@td1234  

tiny dog, we know how the low-information repug camp will be voting.

Luckily, enough of us can see what sort of disaster occurs when too many people vote with them.

td1234
td1234

@ndfirstsection  She will never admit to to wanting to raise taxes or support for Obamacare. She know that she would lose by 20 points if she did.

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL  Total BS. Nunn is a progressive community organizer just like her idol Obama. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

If by Freedom of Speech, you mean the wealthy controlling the dialog and the government, then yes, you are right. Liberals do disagree with the length of the bars.

honested
honested

@findog  

I saw a few of those over the weekend,...........in the yards of people I had always thought were a little tetched.

td1234
td1234

@HazelDukes  It is most of what it will take in the general since Obama's approval ratings are in the 30's in Georgia. 

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234  Well fortunately for Georgia and this nation there are way more "low-information" voters in this state than wealth redistribution socialist. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

Actually she has stated repeatedly that ACA is flawed and needs some recalibration like protecting rural hospitals.

NWGAL
NWGAL

I lived in California for almost ten years. After listening to her and her goals, I can state unequivocally that she is not even close to being a liberal. Anyone who thinks she is a liberal really needs to get out more.

DannyX
DannyX

@td1234,  A progressive community organizer???  LOL!  Nunn has the endorsement of 2 Republican ex-Senators, John Warner and Richard Lugar.



DontTread
DontTread

@NWGAL  ...except when George Soros, MSM moguls, and the Hollywood types are the ones pushing the bars.  Then it's perfectly ok.


Freedom of speech is not conditional on agreeing with liberals, despite your repeated attempts to make it so.

ndfirstsection
ndfirstsection

@NWGAL Then, using your logic, nobody should be advertising their run for office. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

tiny dog,

Seriously?

Who is even vaguely discussion 'wealth redistribution' or 'Socialism'?

We have always taxed wealth in this country and by now we should be fully aware of what happens when we pretend we shouldn't.

DannyX
DannyX

td, why did you overlook Tester, Landrieu, Heitkamp, Tester, Pryor, and Nelson?

NWGAL
NWGAL

Td, check the voting records. You will see that Republicans vote together much more consistently thanDemocrats. Google it.

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL  Not any longer. There are more McCain's, Graham's and Susan Collins then there are Manchin's in the Senate. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

Td, you are thinking like a Republicanwhere there is only one true way to be a conservative. Democrats don't operate in lock step. Dems are like herding cats upstream.

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL  She will tow the exact line that Harry Reid and Obama tells her to tow. 


Is this what we want out of the Senator that represents Georgia?

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@td1234 @NWGAL 

td

I tend to think it is both.  It comes natural to you but you make sure to put it in practice as much as possible.

lol

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL  Oh yes, Graham, McCain and Susan Collins are hard right tea party members. Please. 


The member from Georgia is going to be a deciding vote as to if Harry Reid or a Republican controls the Senate. That is all Georgia needs to know in their vote.

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@td1234 @Nobody_Knows@NWGAL 

td why do you advocate for more military spending when it suits your talking points then cry about it when it comes to Nunn's father and two of her endorsements?

Is being a hypocrite something that comes natural to you or do you make sure you practice it to become perfect? 


NWGAL
NWGAL

Td, again, your idea of liberal or progressive is just out of sync with reality. The Senate is not progressive because of people likeManchin and Landrieu. The Democrats have a wider span of opinions than the Republicans are allowed by the TeaParty to have.

td1234
td1234

@Nobody_Knows @NWGAL  Joe Manchin is not a liberal either but his seat allows Harry Reid to be the leader of the Senate because he has a D beside his name. This is a national election and even if Nunn is not a liberal (and I doubt that is true) a vote for her allows the progressives to retain control of the Senate.   

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@NWGAL  

Well some think liberal is anything that isn't a Republican or a Libetarian who votes Republican

lol

honested
honested

@td1234 @DannyX 

Luckily, she doesn't have the same misguided attachment to the largest military cash consumption machine in the history of the universe!

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@td1234 @DannyX 

The same military complex that you have claimed needs even more spending at other AJC blogs.

lol

Now you complain about them

What a hypocrite

DannyX
DannyX

@td1234,


LOL, td!!!  That has to be one of the weakest comebacks I have ever seen on these blogs!

td1234
td1234

@DannyX  Those two ex republican senators are in the pockets of the military industrial complex and were good friends with her daddy. 


Any more dumb questions

DannyX
DannyX

Tell us td, exactly how does a liberal community organizer that has worked for a Republican ex-President get endorsements from 2 Republican ex-Senators?

NWGAL
NWGAL

Actually, donttread, I completely support campaign finance reform for all candidates. You shouldn't have to be fabulously wealthy or have fabulously wealthy friends to run for office, regardless of your party affiliation. Many liberals would agree with me, but both sides have to play by the same rules.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Ndfirst, that is taking my comment to a ludicrous extreme. If two million of us donate a dollar to a candidate, we won't even give half of what one rich donor gave to another candidate. How is that free speech if one person screams and the rest of us whisper?

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