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Buying Time 2014

The Brennan Center continues its groundbreaking work analyzing state supreme court campaign advertisements in the 2014 election cycle.

Published: October 20, 2014

During the 2014 election cycle, the Brennan Center for Justice will release television advertisements and spending figures for this year’s state supreme court elections. Since 2000, the Brennan Center has been using this information to publish comprehensive analyses of special interest money and television spending in judicial elections. These analyses have culminated in seven iterations of the New Politics of Judicial Elections report series: 2000200220042006Decade Report2009–10, and 2011–12.  

This year’s advertisements are available for viewing on the web and as storyboards. The storyboards contain screen captures of the ads at timed intervals, along with complete text. TV ads and storyboards are provided by the Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG). 

A comprehensive list of all contested and retention elections taking place November 4 can be found here

State Breakdowns

Arkansas | Idaho | Illinois | Michigan | MontanaNorth Carolina    Ohio | Tennessee | Texas

Real Time Analysis 

Throughout the election season the Brennan Center issued a series of analyses focused on judicial election spending 


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.