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Buying Time 2014 – Tennessee

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

Published: August 7, 2014

Three of Tenness­ee’s five supreme court justices were up for reten­tion in 2014. Tennessee governors appoint supreme court justices for their first term and they subsequently sit for reten­tion elec­tions every eight years. Chief Justice Gary Wade, Justice Corne­lia Clark, and Justice Sharon Lee parti­cip­ated in the reten­tion race on August 7. In previ­ous reten­tion elec­tions, none of the three raised or spent any money. However, this year, Repub­lican Lieu­ten­ant Governor Ron Ramsey launched a statewide campaign to oust the three justices, origin­ally appoin­ted by a Demo­cratic governor. The three justices created a coordin­ated campaign, called Keep Tennessee Courts Fair, to counter the attacks against their reten­tion and raise funds.

All three justices were retained in the August 7 race.  

Estim­ated Total Spend­ing: $1,752,820*

  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Keep Tennessee Courts Fair, the coordin­ated campaign to retain justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee, and Gary Wade: $737,180
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Gary Wade: $116,860
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by the Tennessee Forum: $596,970
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by the State Govern­ment Lead­er­ship Found­a­tion: $46,160
  • Tennesseans for Fair Courts: $255,650

*These figures were last updated Decem­ber 4, 2014. 

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Advert­ise­ments


July 30 – Bill Jenkins

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In this ad, retired Repub­lican U.S. Congress­man Bill Jenkins says, “The recent polit­ical attacks on our state Supreme Court are simply not true.”

Spon­sor: Gary Wade

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $21,200


July 29 – Truth Test

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In this ad, the three justices respond to the claims made against them in the previ­ous attack ads. 

Spon­sor: Keep Tennessee Courts Fair, the coordin­ated campaign to retain justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee, and Gary Wade

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $268,900


July 24 – Outrageous 

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This ad condemns the “smear campaign” against Wade, Clark, and Lee. 

Spon­sor: Tennesseans for Fair Courts

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $255,650


July 24 – Most Liberal 15

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This ad claims the Tennessee Supreme Court is “liberal on crime” and is “help­ing advance Obama­care.”

Spon­sor: Tennessee Forum 

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $145,930


July 21 – 28 States 15

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This ad criti­cizes the three justices for being “liberal on the Obama agenda.” 

Spon­sor: State Govern­ment Lead­er­ship Found­a­tion 

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $46,160


July 21 – Passion

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This ad high­lights Wade’s passion for work, family, and faith. 

Spon­sor: Gary Wade

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $95,660


July 21 – Mickey Barker

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In this ad, retired Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Mickey Barker says “polit­ics has no place in our courts.” 

Spon­sor: Keep Tennessee Courts Fair (the coordin­ated campaign to retain justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee, and Gary Wade)

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $172,420


July 19 – Most Liberal 

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In this ad, the Tennessee Forum calls the state Supreme Court the “most liberal place in Tennessee.”

Spon­sor: Tennessee Forum

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $451,040


July 11 – As Tennessee 

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This ad high­lights the three justices’ exper­i­ences uphold­ing the Consti­tu­tion. 

Spon­sor: Keep Tennessee Courts Fair (the coordin­ated campaign to retain justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee, and Gary Wade)

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $295,860


News


Brian Haas, TN Supreme Court Battle Brings National Money, Scru­tiny, WBIR.com, August 4, 2014. 

Chris Butler, Crime Victims Blast Tennessee Supreme Court Justice, Tennessee Watch­dog, July 28, 2014. 

Chris Butler, TN Supreme Court Justices Give Gener­ously to Demo­cratic Candid­ates, Records Show, Tennessee Watch­dog, July 25, 2014.

Phil Willi­ams, Two New Groups Join Supreme Court Battle, News Chan­nel 5, July 22, 2014.

Phil Willi­ams, Who’s Really Behind Supreme Court Ad War?, News Chan­nel 5, July 21, 2014. 

State Supreme Court Runs Away from Obama­care Decision, Tennessee Forum, July 19, 2014. 

Tom Humphrey, Supreme Court Reten­tion Vote Topic for Ad CampaignThe Knoxville News-Sentinel, July 11, 2014. 

Andrea Zelin­ski, Here are the Play­ers – and Issues – In the Supreme Court Reten­tion Elec­tionsNashville Scene, July 3, 2014. 

Blake Farmer, Unlike Lt. Gov. Ramsey, Lawyers Want to Keep Supreme Court Justices, Nashville Public Radio, June 13, 2014. 

Dahlia Lith­wick, How to Take Out a Supreme Court Justice, Slate, June 13, 2014. 

Jennifer Horton, Koch “Sorry” Ramsey’s Put Polit­ics into Judi­ciary, The Wilson Post, May 14, 2014. 

Hank Hayes, Tennessee Supreme Court Justices Vow to Defend Seats Against Ramsey-Lead Attacks, King­s­port Times-News, May 10, 2014. 


Meth­od­o­logy


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.