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Buying Time 2012: Kentucky

This page features Kentucky judicial ads from 2012.

Published: September 12, 2012

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

Incumbent Justice William Scott was up for re-election in 2012 against Court of Appeals Judge Janet Stumbo. Judge Stumbo previously served on the Supreme Court from 1993-2004, until Scott defeated her in the 2004 race. The campaigns featured a number of mud-slinging attack ads that accused Judge Stumbo of "sid[ing] with criminals 59 percent of the time," and blamed Justice Scott for "airing misleading ads."

The general election was held on November 6 and Justice William Scott won re-election.

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November 5, 2012- Campaign Conduct Committee 

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An ad by Janet Stumbo saying, "When Will Scott won't tell the truth, he disrespects the office he seeks and he disrespects us."


November 1, 2012- Herald Leader Endorsed 

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An ad saying the Lexington Herald-Leader endorsed Janet Stumbo, but found that Will Scott's ads were misleading. 


October 31, 2012- In This Campaign  

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Judge Janet Stumbo says, "Fairness and impartiality is my vow." 


October 31, 2012- Shotgun

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An ad by Justice Will T. Scott saying Janet Stumbo "sided with criminals 59 percent of the time." 


October 26, 2012- Sentenced to Death

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An ad by Justice Will T. Scott attacking Janet Stumbo, saying she "sided with criminals 50 percent of the time."


October 26, 2012- Fraud Alert

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An ad by Janet Stumbo saying, "Will Scott is airing misleading ads about Judge Janet Stumbo using newspaper quotes. Here is what the newspapers previously said."


October 23, 2012- Defeat

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An ad by Justice Will T. Scott saying, "Former Justice Janet Stumbo sided with criminals 59 percent of the time."


October 22, 2012- Decorated Trooper

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An ad by Justice Will T. Scott talking about his endorsements, saying he "was tough on crime and drugs."


October 10, 2012- Sense of Values

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Justice Janet Stumbo says, "I got my sense of values, of what's important, from my parents and from my grandparents."


September 10, 2012- Coal Miner's Daughter

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Justice Janet Stumbo says, "This coal miner's daughter will do her best to make you proud."