Kentucky

current through December 8, 2014
Who's calling the shots?: State ad wars tracker:
TV ads in 2014 state races
$1.7 million
estimated TV ad spending on
state races in the 2014 cycle
What's behind these numbers?
51 cents
per eligible voter
5,022
times ads ran
$210,100 primary general Jan. 2014 Nov. Jan. 2014 Nov.

Kantar Media/CMAG monitors TV signals for political advertising nationwide, capturing ads each time they run. Then, using a proprietary formula, it estimates how much placing each ad costs.

Like any estimate, it's imperfect. Here's what it covers, and what it doesn't:

  • Just placement on TV — The estimate only covers TV ads, not other kinds of political messages, such as ads that appear on radio or online. The estimate also only includes how much money a candidate or organization spent to place the ad, not to make it.
  • No local cable — Kantar Media monitors local broadcast TV in all 210 media markets, as well as national network and national cable TV advertising. If an ad runs on a local cable channel, it won't be counted here.
  • Any political ad — Unlike records filed at the Federal Elections Commission, this information includes so-called “issue ads” that mention a Senate candidate but don’t overtly call for the candidate’s election or defeat. Unless run immediately before a primary or general election, issue ad spending does not have to be reported to the FEC.
  • No future ads — Unlike some records from the Federal Communications Commission, it only counts ads that have already run. Future ad buys are not included.
  • Subject to dispute — Since the estimate is based on a formula, it may not exactly reflect what placing the ad actually cost. Think of the cost estimate as a well-informed guess, which can provide useful points of comparison.

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State representative
$1.2 million
$210,100 primary general Jan. 2014 Nov. Jan. 2014 Nov.
HOUSE DISTRICT 062
Ryan Quarles
R
DONORS
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte
$30,000
Kentucky Republican Party
$30,000
Mira Ball
$1,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 79% of reports; includes reports as recent as November 12, 2014.
ran 287
positive ads
est. $107,900
supporting Ryan Quarles 
R

Chuck Tackett
D
DONORS
Chuck MacY Tackett Campaign Cmte
$40,400
Kentucky House Democratic Caucus
$18,000
Kentucky Democratic Party
$8,850
Frank Hamilton
$2,000
Justice, Action for The Commonwealth of Kentucky PAC
$2,000
Charles MacY (Chuck) Tackett
$1,907
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 85% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 113
positive ads
est. $33,300
supporting Chuck Tackett 
D

HOUSE DISTRICT 039
Jonah Mitchell
R
DONORS
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte
$29,000
Kentucky Republican Party
$15,000
Unitemized Donations
$5,940
Don Ball
$2,000
Mira Ball
$2,000
Bluegrass Cmte
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 85% of reports; includes reports as recent as November 12, 2014.
ran 258
positive ads
est. $71,900
supporting Jonah Mitchell 
R

Russ Meyer
D
DONORS
est. total $65,800
Kentucky Democratic Party
$32,500
Kentucky House Democratic Caucus
$30,000
Russ Meyer
$14,000
Unitemized Donations
$7,409
Clay M Corman
$2,000
Fred Meyer
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 79% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 44
mixed ads
$15,100
targeting Jonah Mitchell 
R

72
negative
$27,300
targeting Jonah Mitchell 
R

61
positive
$23,500
supporting Russ Meyer 
D

HOUSE DISTRICT 006
Will Coursey
D
DONORS
est. total $85,400
Kentucky Bankers Association
$1,000
Csx Transportation
$250
Pac Kentucky Agents
$250
Miliam Webster
$250
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 82% of reports; includes reports as recent as November 12, 2013.
ran 131
mixed ads
$42,900
targeting Keith Travis 
R

53
negative
$15,300
targeting Keith Travis 
R

72
positive
$27,200
supporting Will Coursey 
D

Keith Travis
R
DONORS
est. total $33,000
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte
$5,000
Bluegrass Cmte
$2,000
Julia Lyles
$2,000
Don Ball
$1,000
Mira Ball
$1,000
J. Brown
$1,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 85% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 17
mixed ads
$15,300
targeting Will Coursey 
D

66
positive
$17,700
supporting Keith Travis 
R

HOUSE DISTRICT 012
Dianne Burns Mackey
R
DONORS
est. total $64,900
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte
$30,000
Kentucky Republican Leadership Fund
$20,000
Kentucky Republican Party
$10,000
Reform Party of Kentucky Executive Cmte
$10,000
Bluegrass Cmte
$2,000
Michael Butler
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 74% of reports; includes reports as recent as November 12, 2014.
ran 40
mixed ads
$18,600
targeting Jim Gooch 
D

190
negative
$46,300
targeting Jim Gooch 
D

Jim Gooch
D
DONORS
est. total $38,800
Kentucky House Democratic Caucus
$17,500
Unitemized Donations
$3,700
Alliance Coal
$2,000
Century Aluminum
$2,000
Kentucky Bankers Association
$2,000
Kentucky Education Association
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 76% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 45
negative ads
$19,100
targeting Dianne Burns Mackey 
R

51
positive
$19,700
supporting Jim Gooch 
D

HOUSE DISTRICT 003
Gerald Watkins
D
DONORS
est. total $63,800
Kentucky House Democratic Caucus
$10,000
Blank
$5,167
Kentucky Democratic Party
$5,000
Unitemized Donations
$4,690
Joe Ellis
$2,000
Kentucky Education Association
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 85% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 40
mixed ads
$13,300
targeting Randy Bridges 
R

170
positive
$50,500
supporting Gerald Watkins 
D

Randy Bridges
R
DONORS
est. total $38,900
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte
$5,000
Unitemized Donations
$3,700
Lana Phillips
$2,000
Flora Smith
$2,000
Don Ball
$1,000
Mira Ball
$1,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 85% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 90
negative ads
$30,500
targeting Gerald Watkins 
D

28
positive
$8,480
supporting Randy Bridges 
R

HOUSE DISTRICT 013
Alan Braden
R
DONORS
est. total $85,400
Alan Braden Campaign Cmte
$38,200
Kentucky Republican Party
$19,300
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Committee
$12,500
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte
$6,750
Don Ball
$2,000
Mira Ball
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 91% of reports; includes reports as recent as November 12, 2014.
ran 40
mixed ads
$20,900
targeting Jim Glenn 
D

256
negative
$64,500
targeting Jim Glenn 
D

Kentucky Democratic Party
ran 38
mixed ads
est. $8,980
targeting Alan Braden 
R

HOUSE DISTRICT 007
Suzanne Miles
R
DONORS
est. total $73,600
Kentucky Republican Party
$96,000
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte
$75,000
Suzanne Miles
$50,300
Unitemized Donations
$4,060
Brettpac
$3,000
Nancy H Miles
$3,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 67% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 119
mixed ads
$32,300
targeting John Warren 
D

150
positive
$41,300
supporting Suzanne Miles 
R

John Warren
D
DONORS
est. total $10,300
Kentucky House Democratic Caucus
$5,000
Blank
$2,522
Kentucky Democratic Party
$2,500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers / Ibew
$2,000
Kentucky Laborers District Council
$2,000
Plumbers, Pipefitters Local 633
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 85% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 35
mixed ads
$6,350
targeting Suzanne Miles 
R

21
positive
$3,940
supporting John Warren 
D

HOUSE DISTRICT 053
James Tipton
R
DONORS
James Tipton
$4,200
Unitemized Donations
$2,415
Eric Sweazy
$500
Scott Travis
$500
Martha Tipton
$400
Glen Goebel
$250
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 79% of reports; includes reports as recent as January 6, 2014.
ran 263
positive ads
est. $75,700
supporting James Tipton 
R

HOUSE DISTRICT 004
Lynn Bechler
R
DONORS
est. total $47,600
Unitemized Donations
$7,848
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte
$5,000
Bluegrass Cmte
$2,000
Blank
$1,470
James Kevil
$1,250
AT&T
$1,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 88% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 44
mixed ads
$30,100
targeting Jarrod Jackson 
D

66
positive
$17,500
supporting Lynn Bechler 
R

Jarrod Jackson
D
ran 58
mixed ads
est. $14,300
targeting Lynn Bechler 
R

HOUSE DISTRICT 036
Jerry Miller
R
DONORS
Jerry T Miller
$10,100
Unitemized Donations
$3,550
Jean McCauley Brown
$1,000
Greg Catron
$1,000
Robert Gable
$1,000
Frank Harshaw
$1,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 64% of reports; includes reports as recent as January 6, 2014.
ran 110
positive ads
est. $57,600
supporting Jerry Miller 
R

HOUSE DISTRICT 050
David Floyd
R
DONORS
David W Floyd
$38,400
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte
$10,000
Kentucky Republican Party
$10,000
Unitemized Donations
$3,150
Bluegrass Cmte
$2,000
Mark Mathis
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 82% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 109
positive ads
est. $57,300
supporting David Floyd 
R

HOUSE DISTRICT 073
Donna Mayfield
R
DONORS
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte
$29,000
Unitemized Donations
$6,560
Ralph Alvarado
$2,000
Bluegrass Cmte
$2,000
Marathon Oil
$2,000
Robert Mayfield
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 79% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 70
mixed ads
est. $50,300
targeting Bonnie Hummel 
D

HOUSE DISTRICT 055
Kim King
R
DONORS
Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Cmte
$12,000
Unitemized Donations
$10,300
Kim King
$3,962
Bluegrass Cmte
$2,000
Ward F Correll
$2,000
Terry Currens
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 76% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 63
mixed ads
est. $49,300
targeting Jacqueline Coleman 
D

HOUSE DISTRICT 014
Marian Turley
R
DONORS
Marian Turley
$13,600
House Republican Campaign Committee
$5,000
Kentucky Republican Party
$5,000
Bluegrass Cmte
$2,000
Vincent Hayden
$1,300
Unitemized Donations
$1,180
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 85% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 40
mixed ads
est. $20,600
targeting Tommy Thompson 
D

HOUSE DISTRICT 002
Richard Heath
R
DONORS
Richard Heath
$3,576
Kentucky Republican Party
$2,500
Bluegrass Cmte
$2,000
McCracken County Republican Executive Cmte
$1,010
Charles Bugg
$1,000
Angela Correll
$1,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 82% of reports; includes reports as recent as November 12, 2014.
ran 78
positive ads
est. $20,100
supporting Richard Heath 
R

HOUSE DISTRICT 096
Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee
ran 12
negative ads
est. $6,570
targeting Jill York 
R

HOUSE DISTRICT 024
Alex Larue
R
DONORS
J. Alex Larue
$1,415
Unitemized Donations
$1,075
Aaron Larue
$1,000
Alison Larue
$1,000
Iris Larue
$1,000
Jack Larue
$1,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 76% of reports; includes reports as recent as November 12, 2014.
ran nine
mixed ads
est. $5,170
targeting Terry Mills 
D

HOUSE DISTRICT 091
Cluster Howard
D
DONORS
Kentucky House Democratic Caucus
$5,000
Blank
$2,638
Kentucky Democratic Party
$2,500
Kentucky Laborers District Council
$2,000
G. Burnette
$1,000
Kennie Carpenter
$1,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 79% of reports; includes reports as recent as October 27, 2014.
ran 14
mixed ads
est. $3,320
targeting Toby Herald 
R

HOUSE DISTRICT 042
James Howland
R
ran 29
positive ads
est. $1,880
supporting James Howland 
R

HOUSE DISTRICT 029
Kevin Bratcher
R
DONORS
Kevin D Bratcher
$16,000
Bluegrass Cmte
$1,000
Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities
$500
Csx Transportation
$250
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 79% of reports; includes reports as recent as November 12, 2013.
ran 17
positive ads
est. $1,590
supporting Kevin Bratcher 
R

State senator
$465,100
$210,100 primary general Jan. 2014 Nov. Jan. 2014 Nov.
SENATE DISTRICT 028
Ralph Alvarado
R
DONORS
est. total $220,800
Kentucky Republican Party
$60,000
Kentucky Senate Republican Caucus
$60,000
Ralph Alvarado
$17,600
Unitemized Donations
$6,669
Fadi Bacha
$2,000
Bluegrass Cmte
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 91% of reports; includes reports as recent as November 12, 2014.
ran 689
mixed ads
$194,100
targeting R.J. Palmer 
D

99
positive
$26,600
supporting Ralph Alvarado 
R

R.J. Palmer
D
DONORS
est. total $59,400
Arthur Walker
$2,000
Julia Adams
$1,000
Steve Adams
$1,000
Lucia Albers
$1,000
Christopher Farmer
$1,000
Tom Goebel
$1,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 79% of reports; includes reports as recent as November 12, 2013.
ran 106
negative ads
$43,900
targeting Ralph Alvarado 
R

47
positive
$15,500
supporting R.J. Palmer 
D

SENATE DISTRICT 002
Danny Carroll
R
DONORS
Kentucky Senate Republican Caucus
$45,000
Danny Carroll Campaign Cmte
$26,200
Danny Carroll
$7,025
Kentucky Republican Party
$5,000
Bluegrass Cmte
$2,000
Michael Falconite
$2,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 91% of reports; includes reports as recent as November 12, 2014.
ran 396
positive ads
est. $127,900
supporting Danny Carroll 
R

Jeff Parker
D
est. total $29,100
ran 18
mixed ads
$4,110
targeting Danny Carroll 
R

83
positive
$25,000
supporting Jeff Parker 
D

David Hoffman
R
DONORS
David Hoffman
$51,000
Alex Edwards
$1,000
Rose Ann Fiorita
$1,000
Eric Hoffman
$1,000
Megan Hoffman
$1,000
Nancy Hoffman
$1,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 73% of reports; includes reports as recent as July 24, 2014.
ran 24
positive ads
est. $1,950
supporting David Hoffman 
R

SENATE DISTRICT 034
Jared Carpenter
R
DONORS
Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives
$1,700
Unitemized Donations
$1,500
Hal Akers
$1,000
Harold Akers
$1,000
Leann Akers
$1,000
Toni Akers
$1,000
Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics data — includes 82% of reports; includes reports as recent as June 24, 2014.
ran 91
positive ads
est. $26,000
supporting Jared Carpenter 
R

Source: Center for Public Integrity analysis of Kantar Media/CMAG, National Institute on Money in State Politics data
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