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Buying Time 2019 - Louisiana

This page features Louisiana Supreme Court television advertisements from the 2019 election cycle.

Last Updated: November 19, 2019
Published: September 20, 2019

A special election was held for the District 1 seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court. Louisiana Court of Appeals Judges William J. Crain (R) and Hans J. Liljeberg (R) received the most votes in the open primary election on October 12, 2019. They competed for the seat in the general election, and Crain won that election on November 16, 2019. The seat was previously held by Justice Greg Guidry, who left after he was appointed to a position on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Kantar Media/CMAG: Estimated Total TV Spending: $1,082,290*

  • Estimated spending by Citizens Fight Crime PAC: $435,850
  • Estimated spending by Will Crain: $385,450
  • Estimated spending by Hans Liljeberg: $119,680
  • Estimated spending by Alliance for Good Government: $15,640
  • Estimated spending by Republican Leadership Committee – Judicial Fairness Initiative: $125,670

*Spending figures last updated November 19, 2019

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August 30 – Compassionate but Tough 

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This ad says Hans Liljeberg “is recognized for his judicial independence” and describes him as “a law and order judge for our security!”

Sponsor: Citizens Fighting Crime PAC

Estimated Spending: $121,540

September 13 – Antonin Scalia

Steam Video (QT)

This ad says that Hans Liljeberg studied under former United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and that Liljeberg has “more judicial and legal experience than all of the other candidates combined.”

Sponsor: Hans Liljeberg

Estimated Spending: $39,200

September 17 – LA Crain Before Becoming a Judge

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This ad says that Crain is “a fair-minded conservative justice, who upholds the rule of law.”

Sponsor: Will Crain

Estimated Spending: $61,070

September 27 – God Family Country

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Hans Liljeberg says in this ad that “God, family, country and the rule of law” are the “values which keep [him] fair, impartial, and independent of all special interests.”

Sponsor: Hans Liljeberg

Estimated Spending: $8,290

September 27 – LA Crain Based on Values

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This ad says that Will Crain’s “judicial decisions [are] based solely on law,” and that he is a constitutionalist.

Sponsor: Will Crain

Estimated Spending: $124,390

September 30 – Compassionate but Tough (Endorsement)

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This ad says Hans Liljeberg “is recognized for his judicial independence” and endorses him as “the law and order candidate for supreme court.”

Sponsor: Citizens Fighting Crime PAC

Estimated Spending: $50,790

September 30 – LA AGG Proud to Endorse St Tammany Parish 2019

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This ad lists the candidates endorsed by the Alliance for Good Government, including Hans Liljeberg and other Republican candidates.

Sponsor: Alliance for Good Government

Estimated Spending: $8,580

October 7 – LA CFCPAC Connie Finckbeiner

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This ad features Connie Finckbeiner, who is described as a “victim of violent crime.” She tells the audience, “we need law and order judges. We need Hans Liljeberg to be elected supreme court judge.”

Sponsor: Citizens Fighting Crime PAC

Estimated Spending: $62,510

October 8 – LA CFPAC Raines Pequeno

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This ad features Raines Pequeno, who is described as a “victim of violent crime. She tells the audience “I’m for a law and order judge for the supreme court. I’m for Hans Liljeberg.”

Sponsor: Citizens Fighting Crime PAC

Estimated Spending: $43,310

October 9 – God Family Country Prosecutor

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Hans Liljeberg says in this ad that “God, family, country and the rule of law” are the “values which keep [him] fair, impartial, and independent of all special interests.”

Sponsor: Hans Liljeberg

Estimated Spending: $13,860

October 20 – LA Crain Majestic Structure

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This ad says that Will Crain’s is the “constitutionalist who will protect our liberties” and that he has “strength and wisdom for our supreme court”

Sponsor: Will Crain

Estimated Spending: $125,540

November 1 – LA CFCPAC Criminal Prosecutor

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This ad says that Hans Liljeberg is the “only candidate for Supreme Court who served as a criminal prosecutor, daily prosecuting violent crimes” and that he is “honored for judicial excellence.”

Sponsor: Citizens Fighting Crime PAC

Estimated Spending: $24,790

November 4 – LA Liljeberg The Attacks are False

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A number of law enforcement officials, including Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Sheriff Joseph Lopinto, and District Attorney Paul Connick, defend Hans Liljeberg in this ad, saying, “the attacks against Judge Liljeberg, by out of town special interests, are absolutely false.”

Sponsor: Hans Liljeberg

Estimated Spending: $43,020

November 5 – LA CFCPAC Secret Dark Money

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This ad accuses “a Washington secret money group falsely attack[s] Judge Hans Liljeberg” with “secret dark money.”

Sponsor: Citizens Fighting Crime PAC

Estimated Spending: $30,160

November 6 – LA Crain Non Judicial Acts

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This ad says that “in a landmark case Judge Will Crain wrote [the] words to hold judges accountable.”

Sponsor: Will Crain

Estimated Spending: $52,810

November 7 – LA CFCPAC Criminal Prosecutor PFB

Steam Video (QT)

This ad says that Hans Liljeberg is the “only candidate for Supreme Court who served as a criminal prosecutor, daily prosecuting violent crimes.”

Sponsor: Citizens Fighting Crime PAC

Estimated Spending: $39,330

November 7 – LA CFCPAC Secret Dark Money PFB

Steam Video (QT)

This ad accuses “a Washington secret money group falsely attack[s] Judge Hans Liljeberg” with “secret dark money.”

Sponsor: Citizens Fighting Crime PAC

Estimated Spending: $63,420

November 7 – LA RSLCJFI The Conviction of a Monster

Steam Video (QT)

This ad criticized Hans Liljeberg him as being “weak on violent criminals,” and as having “bad judgement.”

Sponsor: Republican State Leadership Committee – Judicial Fairness Initiative

Estimated Spending: $590

November 7 – LA AGG Proud to Endorse Runoff

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This ad lists the candidates endorsed by the Alliance for Good Government in the run off election, including Hans Liljeberg and other Republican candidates.

Sponsor: Alliance for Good Government

Estimated Spending: $7,060

November 8 – LA RSLCJFI Only Four Days

Steam Video (QT)

This ad criticizes Hans Liljeberg’s sentences as being soft on crime, saying, “Hans Liljeberg’s bad judgement puts Louisiana families at risk”

Sponsor: Republican State Leadership Committee – Judicial Fairness Initiative

Estimated Spending: $125,080

November 12 – LA Crain Cheri

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In this ad, Will Crain’s wife, Cheri, advocates for his election to the Louisiana Supreme Court, saying, “I can’t imagine anyone more principled for the highest court.”

Sponsor: Will Crain

Estimated Spending: $21,640

November 14 – LA Liljeberg Learn a Whole Lot

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Judge Liljeberg talks about how he and his wife “want to leave the world a better place” for his seven daughters.

Sponsor: Hans Liljeberg

Estimated Spending: $15,310