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Buying Time 2013 – Pennsylvania

Two justices are seeking re-election in Pennsylvania in 2013. The Brennan Center tracks news and TV ads from these state Supreme Court races.

Published: November 4, 2013

Two justices sought reelec­tion in Pennsylvania in 2013. Chief Justice Ron Castille and Justice Max Baer both stood for reten­tion on Novem­ber 5, 2013. While Pennsylvania reten­tion races are tradi­tion­ally low-key affairs, a conser­vat­ive group, the Inde­pend­ence Hall Tea Party PAC, issued a press release on Octo­ber 31st urging Pennsylvani­ans to vote against both justices. The PAC opposed Castille and Baer because they did not uphold the state’s voter ID law in a 2012 ruling. Chief Justice Castille, a Repub­lican, and Justice Baer, a Demo­crat, were endorsed by both parties, and the Pennsylvania Bar Asso­ci­ation also rated each justice as “Recom­mend for Reten­tion.”

Castille and Baer won their reten­tion races with 69 and 71 percent of the vote, respect­ively. 

Estim­ated Total Spend­ing: $205,490*

  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Justice Castille: $47,250
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Justice Baer: $158,240

*See meth­od­o­logy below: Numbers are subject to change based on updated estim­ates from Kantar Media/CMAG. After these numbers were origin­ally posted in Novem­ber 2013, CMAG released an updated estim­ate of TV spend­ing with numbers that were lower than previ­ously calcu­lated. These figures were last updated on March 26, 2014.

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Novem­ber 2 – From the Battle­field 15 Rev

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This ad by Justice Castille high­lights his exper­i­ence from the milit­ary to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. 

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $9,280

Novem­ber 2 – From the Battle­field 15 

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This ad by Justice Castille says he has “shown bravery in public service.”

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $37,970

Octo­ber 31 – Protect­ing Chil­dren 

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This ad by Justice Baer high­lights his work protect­ing chil­dren. 

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $158,240


Nick Field, Tea Party Group Urges Ouster of Supreme Court Judges, Polit­ic­sPA, Octo­ber 31, 2013. 

Group Urges 'No’ Vote on Reten­tion of PA Supreme Court Justices Ron Castille and Max Baer, Inde­pend­ence Hall Tea Party PAC, Octo­ber 31, 2013 (located at bottom of homepage). 

Eric Boehm, Castille, Baer win reten­tion to PA Supreme Court despite grass­roots oppos­i­tion, watch­, Novem­ber 6, 2013.

Eric Epstein, Disorder in the Court”: Top Ten Reas­ons Not to Retain Supreme Court Chief Justice Castille, Rock the Capital, Novem­ber 4, 2013.

Paula Reed Ward and Timothy McNulty, Pa. judges worry­ing shut­down may imperil re-elec­tion chances, Pitt­s­burg Post-Gazette. 

Brad Bums­ted, Pa. judges don’t expect to feel ire of voters, Trib­, Octo­ber 27, 2013.


All 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.