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Buying Time 2012: Alabama

This page features Alabama judicial ads of 2012.

Published: February 29, 2012

For inform­a­tion on Alabama’s spend­ing, and all other tele­vi­sion spend­ing in state supreme court races, click here.

Alabama was one of the first states to exper­i­ence runaway spend­ing and negat­ive advert­ising in Supreme Court elec­tions, and its judi­cial races have been among the nation’s most expens­ive.  From 2000–2009, candid­ates for Alabama’s Supreme Court raised $40.9 million—­more than double what was raised in the next most expens­ive state.  Over the same decade, Alabama ranked second nation­ally in spend­ing on TV ads (with $15.6 million spent on airtime).  Only Ohio saw more spend­ing ($21.3 million) on TV ads between 2000 and 2009.

In 2012, the race for chief justice was the most hotly contested. In the Repub­lican primary, incum­bent Charles Malone faced former Attor­ney General Charles Grad­dick and former Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore won the primary with just over 50 percent of the vote and went on to beat Circuit Judge Robert Vance, the Demo­cratic nominee, in the Novem­ber general elec­tion.

Justices Lyn Stuart, Glenn Murdock, and Jim Main were also seek­ing re-elec­tion, but ran unop­posed in both the primary and general.  Mean­while, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Judge Tommy Bryan prevailed in the primary against Judge Debra Jones of the Alabama 7th Circuit for the seat of retir­ing Justice Thomas Woodall.  He ran unop­posed in the general elec­tion.

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Advert­ise­ments


Novem­ber 1, 2012 – Moore Removed 

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An ad by Bob Vance saying, “Roy Moore was removed from office because he refused to follow the law.”


Octo­ber 26, 2012 – Your Chief Justice 

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An ad by Bob Vance saying the chief justice should bring respect to the state of Alabama. 


Octo­ber 19, 2012 – Do Your Home­work

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An ad by Bob Vance asking voters to do their home­work before the elec­tion. 


Octo­ber 19, 2012 – Veteran

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Judge Roy Moore says he will “defend the Consti­tu­tion of the United States and the Consti­tu­tion of Alabama.”


Octo­ber 13, 2012 – Common Ground 

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An ad featur­ing Judge Bob Vance and his chil­dren. 


Octo­ber 3, 2012 – My Dad 

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Judge Bob Vance talks about how his life changed when his father, who was a federal judge, was killed by a bomb sent to his home.


March 8, 2012 – Grad­dick Exper­i­ence?

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Chief Justice Malone says, “On Charlie Grad­dick’s watch there was an abuse of power.”


March 5, 2012 – Worst Thing

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Charlie Grad­dick say he will serve only one term, giving him a “freer hand to reform the court system without any influ­ence from the power­ful interests.”


March 3, 2012 – Bio

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Judge Roy Moore says he knows “our liberty is given by God, not govern­ment.”


March 1, 2012– Exper­i­ence

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Chief Justice Malone says that every time he puts on his robe, he puts his conser­vat­ive values to work.


Febru­ary 29, 2012Count Bless­ings

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Judge Tommy Bryan says he is rooted in faith and family.


Febru­ary 20, 2012Elim­in­ate Waste

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Judge Grad­dick says that as Chief Justice, he will elim­in­ate waste.


Febru­ary 20, 2012Earn It

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Judge Grad­dick says he is exper­i­enced and conser­vat­ive.


Febru­ary 15, 2012 – Respons­ib­il­ity

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Chief Justice Chuck Malone says he takes his oath to uphold the consti­tu­tion very seri­ously.


News


Tim Lock­ette, Alabama Chief Justice Race Soon to See Some Advert­ising, The Annis­ton Star, Octo­ber 3, 2012.

Kim Chand­ler, Judge Robert Vance will be Demo­crats’ candid­ate for Alabama chief justice, Alabama.com Mont­gomery Bureau, August 22, 2012.

Eric Velasco, New candid­ate sought to replace Alabama chief justice nominee Harry Lyon, Birm­ing­ham News, August 18, 2012.

Sebastian Kitchen, Roy Moore: ‘The people have spoken’, Mont­gomery Advert­iser, March 14, 2012. 

Brendan Kirby, Alabama Supreme Court candid­ates find campaign contri­bu­tions harder to come by, Mobile Press-Register, Febru­ary 26, 2012.

Eric Velasco, Alabama remains a big spender in court elec­tions, The Birm­ing­ham News, Octo­ber 30, 2011.