In 2008, the Virginia-based Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) spent more on television ads – an estimated $965,529 – than did the candidate they were supporting, Republican Greg Shaw, who purchased an estimated $884,828 worth of air time. CFIF ran a mixture of positive ads supporting Shaw and negative ads attacking his opponent, Democrat Deborah Bell Paseur. Judge Paseur lashed out at CFIF, claiming it was working as a front for the oil and gas industry. Judge Shaw and the CFIF narrowly outspent Judge Paseur, who ended up losing the race by a narrow margin.
August 30, 2008 – Shaw Most Sons
An ad by Judge Shaw describing his background and values.
September 4, 2008 – Paseur Amazing Grace
An ad by Judge Paseur describing her family and experience.
September 17, 2008 – “Sam” Shaw
Sam Shaw speaks about her husband, Judge Greg Shaw.
September 27, 2008 – Paseur Only Candidate
This ad by Judge Paseur touts her unique background as a cop, mother, and more.
September 27, 2008 – Paseur Tough and Smart
Judge Paseur describes her past experiences, saying they have made her tough and smart.
September 29, 2008 – Paseur Amazing Grace
Judge Paseur’s mother discusses her daughter’s upbringing.
October 1, 2008 – Shaw One Vote
Cast by a judge or a citizen, Judge Shaw attempts to illustrate just how important one vote can be.
October 10, 2008 – Shaw Tough Place
Judge Shaw says she has decided tough cases, including death penalty cases and ones involving other judges.
October 10, 2008 – Paseur Bank Account
Judge Paseur’s campaign ran this ad, claiming Judge Shaw has a bank account containing $500,000 from oil and gas companies.
October 13, 2008 – Shaw Broke Her Promise
Ad claims Judge Paseur broke her promise not to run a negative campaign.
October 14, 2008 – Paseur Forget Politics
Judge Paseur tells viewers to forget politics, she cannot be bought and she’s qualified.
October 16, 2008 – Paseur Choice Is Clear
Ad claims Judge Shaw’s supporters are being attacked for running false attack ads.
October 22, 2008 – Shaw Amazing Nor Graceful
Judge Shaw claims Judge Paseur has made a mockery of the race for state Supreme Court.
October 23, 2008 – Paseur Sunday Newpaper Reported
This ad by Judge Paseur’s campaign claims Sunday newspapers reported insurance companies and bankers are bankrolling Judge Shaw’s campaign. This money is in addition to money Judge Shaw received from oil and gas lobbyists.
October 24, 2008 – Paseur The Whole Truth
This ad claims Judge Paseur has indeed accepted money from an oil lobbyist.
October 27, 2008 – Paseur Not Me
This ad by Judge Paseur’s campaign claims Judge Shaw’s “Whole Truth” ads are paid for by oil lobbyists, and that Judge Shaw has not convicted criminals.
October 29, 2008 – Paseur Amazing Grace
Ad touts Judge Paseur’s tough-on-crime bio as Amazing Grace plays in the background.
October 29, 2008 – Just Plain Wrong
Judge Shaw tells viewers the Alabama high court is not influenced by special interests, and he’ll uphold the integrity of the court.
October 30, 2008 – Shaw Newspapers Recommend
Ad lists the newspapers that have endorsed Judge Shaw, also quotes editorials on Judge Paseur’s weaknesses.