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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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Advert­ise­ments 

August 30 – Compas­sion­ate but Tough 

Stream video (QT)

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

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream Video (QT)

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)

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream 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” 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

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream 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: $30,160

Novem­ber 6 – LA Crain Non Judi­cial Acts

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream Video (QT)

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

Stream Video (QT)

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