Buying Time 2016 - Kansas

This page features campaign advertisements from Kansas' 2016 state supreme court elections.

May 30, 2017

On November 8th, five seats were up for a retention election on the state supreme court. In Kansas, justices are initially appointed to six year terms. Justices then run in up-or-down retention elections for subsequent terms. All five incumbents, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss, Justice Carol Beier, Justice Dan Biles, Justice Mary Luckert, and Justice Caleb Stegall, were retained.

The Brennan Center used multiple sources for spending information, which showed the following: 

Kantar Media/CMAG: Estimated Total Spending: $2,041,220*

  • Estimated Spending by Kansans for Fair Courts: $971,760
  • Estimated Spending by Kansans for Justice: $1,069,460

*Spending estimates last updated on May 30, 2017

FCC Contracts: Recorded TV Contracts: $653,058*

  • Recorded ad buys for Kansans for Fair Courts: $271,476
  • Recorded ad buys for Kansans for Justice: $381,582

*Recorded ad buys last updated November 2, 2016.

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November 4 - Flat Out Lie 2

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In this ad says "false claims have been made about the supreme court and crime."

Sponsor: Kansans for Fair Courts

Estimated Spending (Kantar Media/CMAG): $52,380


October 31 - Send a Message

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In this ad says this cause has "nothing to do with any political parties or politicians."

Sponsor: Kansans for Justice

Estimated Spending (Kantar Media/CMAG): $383,870


October 24 - Stand With Victims

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In this ad says the Kansas Supreme Court "repeatedly pervert the law." 

Sponsor: Kansans for Justice

Estimated Spending (Kantar Media/CMAG): $389,000


October 19 - Flat Out Lie

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In this ad  says the claims about the Carr Brothers are part of a power grab by Governor Brownback.

Sponsor: Kansans for Fair Courts

Estimated Spending (Kantar Media/CMAG): $375,790


October 18 - Out of Control

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In this ad, the former Sedwick County Undersherrif says "the Kansas Supreme Court has done enough to these victims' families."

Sponsor: Kansans for Justice

Estimated Spending (Kantar Media/CMAG): $278,080


October 18 - Out of Control 15

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This ad says the Kansas Supreme Court "overturned the Carr Brother's death sentence on a technicality."

Sponsor: Kansans for Justice

Estimated Spending (Kantar Media/CMAG): $18,510


October 17 - Brownback Clones

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Sponsor: Kansans for Fair Courts

Estimated Spending (Kantar Media/CMAG): $543,590


News


Erik Eckholm, Outraged by Kansas Justices' Rulings, Republicans Seek to Reshape Court, The New York Times, April 1, 2016. 


Methodology


Data on ad airings and spending on ads are calculated and prepared by Kantar Media/CMAG, which captures satellite data in the nation’s largest media markets. CMAG’s estimates do not reflect ad agency commissions or the costs of producing advertisements, nor do they reflect the cost of ad buys on local cable channels. Cost estimates are revised by Kantar Media/CMAG when it receives updated data, resulting in some fluctuations in the reported ad spending.

Data on spending on ads was also compiled from ad purchase contracts posted by the FCC and from state disclosure databases when available.