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Buying Time 2014 – Michigan

This page features Michigan Supreme Court television advertisements from the 2014 election cycle.

Published: October 1, 2014

Three of Michigan’s seven Supreme Court seats are up for election in 2014. Candidates are nominated at party conventions and run in nonpartisan elections. Republican Justice David Viviano is seeking reelection and will be challenged by Democratic Circuit Judge Deborah Thomas and Libertarian attorney Kerry Morgan. The seats currently held by Justices Brian Zahra and Michael Cavanagh are also up for election. Justice Cavanagh, a Democrat, is retiring, while Justice Zahra, a Republican, will seek reelection. Zahra, Republican Circuit Judge James Robert Redford, Democratic Court of Appeals Judge Bill Murphy, Natural Law Party attorney Doug Dern, and Democratic attorney Richard Bernstein will all be running for the two open seats. The top two vote-getters will serve eight-year terms on the bench.  

Estimated Total Spending: $244,720

  • Estimated spending by the Michigan Republican Party: $244,720

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October 1 – How Do You Judge

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This ad praises Justice Viviano, Justice Zahra, and Judge Redford for protecting Michigan kids. 

Sponsor: Republican Party of Michigan

Estimated Spending: $244,720


Steve Carmody, Heavy Campaign Spending Once Again in Michigan Supreme Court Races, Michigan Radio, September 26, 2014. 


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.