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Buying Time 2020 – Michigan

This page features Michigan Supreme Court television advertisements from the 2020 election cycle.

Last Updated: November 11, 2020
Published: October 2, 2020

Two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court were up for elec­tion on Novem­ber 3, 2020.  In Michigan, candid­ates are nomin­ated through a partisan process before running in a general elec­tion in which party affil­i­ation does not appear on the ballot. All candid­ates compete in one elec­tion and two candid­ates who receive the most votes will serve eight-year terms on the court. The candid­ates include Chief Justice Brid­get Mary McCor­mack (D), who is running for another term on the court, Court of Appeals judge Brock Swartzle (R), and attor­neys Mary Kelly (R), Kerry Lee Morgan (L), Kath­er­ine Mary Nepton (L), and Eliza­beth Welch (D). Justice Stephen Mark­man is not eligible for re-elec­tion after reach­ing the state’s mandat­ory retire­ment age in 2019. McCor­mack and Welch both won seats on the court.

Kantar Media/CMAG: Estim­ated Total TV Spend­ing: $1,459,420 *

  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Justice for All PAC: $156,350
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Brid­get Mary McCor­mack and Elisa­beth Welch: $1,141,040
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Michigan Cham­ber of Commerce: $62,900
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Progress Michigan Polit­ical Action Fund: $53,520
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Eliza­beth Welch: $45,610

*Spend­ing figures last updated Novem­ber 10, 2020

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Advert­ise­ments


Septem­ber 15 – Fight­ing for Justice

Stream video (QT)

This ad says “Michigan faces crit­ical chal­lenges. McCor­mack and Welch have the exper­i­ence and integ­rity for the fair and impar­tial courts we need.”

Spon­sor: Brid­get Mary McCor­mack and Eliza­beth Welch

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $609,930


Octo­ber 1 – Inde­pend­ent

Stream video (QT)

This ad endorses Brid­get Mary McCor­mack and Eliza­beth Welch for Michigan Supreme Court, saying that both will “stand up to corpor­ate corrup­tion, protect women’s repro­duct­ive free­dom, and fight for justice for every­one.”

Spon­sor: Justice for All PAC

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $109,100


Octo­ber 20 – Going to Court

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, Brid­get Mary McCor­mack and Eliza­beth Welch say “going to court usually means something’s gone wrong. To get it right, we need inde­pend­ent courts that work for every­body.”

Spon­sor: Brid­get Mary McCor­mack and Eliza­beth Welch

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $531,110


Octo­ber 21 – Covid Hit Michigan Hard

Stream video (QT)

This ad says that “Covid hit Michigan hard, and Gov. Whit­more’s response saved lives. But now, the Repub­lican controlled state supreme court threatens to set us back” and goes on to endorse Brid­get Mary McCor­mack and Eliza­beth Welch for Michigan Supreme Court.

Spon­sor: Justice for All PAC

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $47,250


Octo­ber 21 – Todays Age

Stream video (QT)

This ad says that “there are exper­i­enced prosec­utors like Mary Kelly who have protec­ted chil­dren” and to “tell Mary Kelly to keep protect­ing chil­dren”

Spon­sor: Michigan Cham­ber of Commerce

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $62,900


Octo­ber 22 – Justice Gins­burg

Stream video (QT)

This ad features a clip of former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Gins­burg saying “we are not exper­i­en­cing the best of times. But there’s a reason to hope that we will see a better day.” It goes on to endorse Brid­get Mary McCor­mack and Eliza­beth Welch for Michigan Supreme Court.

Spon­sor: Progress Michigan Polit­ical Action Fund

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $43,580


Octo­ber 28 – Faces Crit­ical Issues

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, Eliza­beth Welch says “I’ve fought for schools, small busi­nesses, and work­ers. Every­body deserves a voice.”

Spon­sor: Eliza­beth Welch

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $45,610


Octo­ber 22 – Who She Really Is

Stream video (QT)

This ad says “Mary Kelly worked to fire a loyal long-time employee for refus­ing to back her candid­acy for judge. She took a job at the same court where her husband was chief judge rais­ing ques­tions of nepot­ism. A $291,770 taxpayer-funded posi­tion. Can we trust Mary Kelly?”

Spon­sor: Progress Michigan Polit­ical Action Fund

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $9,940