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Buying Time 2020 – Ohio

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

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

Two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court were up for elec­tion on Novem­ber 3, 2020. Ohio Supreme Court justices run in partisan primar­ies and the top vote-getter for each party advances to the general elec­tion in which they appear on the ballot without their party affil­i­ation. All the candid­ates in this year’s primary elec­tion on March 28 ran unop­posed. In the general elec­tion, incum­bent Justice Judith French (R) was chal­lenged by Court of Appeals Judge, and former Demo­cratic Secret­ary of State, Jennifer L. Brun­ner. Incum­bent Justice Sharon L. Kennedy (R) is being chal­lenged by Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. O’Don­nell (D). Brun­ner ulti­mately unseated French and Kennedy retained her seat.

Kantar Media/CMAG: Estim­ated Total TV Spend­ing: $2,575,100*

  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Jennifer Brun­ner: $317,970
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Judi French: $626,560
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Sharon Kennedy: $934,600
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by John O’Don­nell: $314,330
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by Ohio Demo­cratic Party: $86,530
  • Estim­ated spend­ing by the Repub­lican State Lead­er­ship Commit­tee: $295,110

*Spend­ing figures last updated Novem­ber 10, 2020

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Advert­ise­ments


Septem­ber 28 – A Fifteen-Year-Old Girl

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, John O’Don­nell says “a 15-year-old girl was raped repeatedly by her pastor” and says that his oppon­ent Justice Kennedy reduced the verdict given to her. He then asks, “does that sound right to you?”

Spon­sor: John O’Don­nell

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $77,060


Septem­ber 28 – Every Day I Put On

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, John O’Don­nell says that “every day I put on my robe, I stand tall for Ohio famil­ies against special interest groups”

Spon­sor: John O’Don­nell

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $29,510


Septem­ber 28 – I Became a Judge

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, John O’Don­nell says “I became a judge because I wanted to protect famil­ies. I’m running for the Ohio Supreme Court because the stakes have never been higher.”

Spon­sor: John O’Don­nell

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $26,680


Septem­ber 28 – If You Elect Me

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, John O’Don­nell says “if you elect me to the Ohio Supreme Court, then, for the first time in 30 years, our state’s highest court will be in the hands of the people.”

Spon­sor: John O’Don­nell

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $46,700


Septem­ber 28 – Many OH Famil­ies

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, John O’Don­nell says “our current Supreme Court seems like they just don’t care. Believe me, when I’m on the Ohio Supreme Court, they will care.”

Spon­sor: John O’Don­nell

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $30,860


Septem­ber 28 – Our Right to Vote

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, John O’Don­nell says that “our right to vote is sacred.”

Spon­sor: John O’Don­nell

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $27,110


Septem­ber 28 – The OH Supreme Court

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, John O’Don­nell says that “the Ohio Supreme Court can’t be like a coun­try club that slams its doors in the faces of the power­less and the most vulner­able.”

Spon­sor: John O’Don­nell

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $31,350


Septem­ber 28 – We Have Some­thing in Common

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, John O’Don­nell says “we have some­thing in common. Noth­ing is more import­ant than our famil­ies.”

Spon­sor: John O’Don­nell

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $16,670


Septem­ber 28 – You Know What

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, John O’Don­nell says “You know what, this elec­tion is for the soul of Ohio. We can’t let special interest groups run the show.”

Spon­sor: John O’Don­nell

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $28,340


Septem­ber 30 – The Call to Serve

Stream video (QT)

This ad says that “on the Ohio Supreme Court, Sharon Kennedy applies the law equally.”

Spon­sor: Sharon Kennedy

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $119,820


Septem­ber 30 – The Call to Serve 15

Stream video (QT)

This ad says that “on the Ohio Supreme Court, Sharon Kennedy applies the law equally.”

Spon­sor: Sharon Kennedy

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $155,120


Septem­ber 30 – Through­out Her Career

Stream video (QT)

This ad says that “through­out her career, Justice Sharon Kennedy’s been a source of compas­sion and comfort for Ohio famil­ies. From Kenney’s past work with troubled youth, to her days as a police officer.”

Spon­sor: Sharon Kennedy

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $436,230


Septem­ber 30 – A Source of Compas­sion

Stream video (QT)

This ad says that “Justice Sharon Kennedy [is] a source of compas­sion for Ohio famil­ies” and that “on the Ohio Supreme Court works closely with our veter­ans.”

Spon­sor: Sharon Kennedy

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $219,780


Octo­ber 6 – First Job Was at McDon­alds

Stream video (QT)

This ad says that “Judi French’s first job was at McDon­alds where she learned the value of hard work… Those values haven’t changed. It’s how Judi French proved herself first as a tough on crime lawyer and now as a well-respec­ted supreme court justice.”

Spon­sor: Judi French

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $521,400


Octo­ber 6 – First Job Was at McDon­alds 15

Stream video (QT)

This ad says that “Judi French’s first job was at McDon­alds where she learned the value of hard work… Those values haven’t changed. It’s how Judi French proved herself first as a tough on crime lawyer and now as a well-respec­ted supreme court justice.”

Spon­sor: Judi French

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $105,160


Octo­ber 15 – Comfort and Compas­sion

Stream video (QT)

This ad says that “Justice Sharon Kennedy [is] a source of compas­sion for Ohio famil­ies” and that “on the Ohio Supreme Court works closely with our veter­ans.”

Spon­sor: Sharon Kennedy

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $3,650


Octo­ber 16 – Sharon and Judie

Stream video (QT)

This ad says that “Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judi French have strong records of making sure pred­at­ors stay behind bars. But Judge Jennifer Brun­ner threw out evid­ence against a teacher who was accused of using a hidden camera to record under­age girls undress­ing.”

Spon­sor: Repub­lican State Lead­er­ship Commit­tee

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $295,110


Octo­ber 22 – I’m a Daugh­ter

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, Jennifer Brun­ner says that “as secret­ary of state, I was honored to be the only Ohioan to receive the JFK profile in cour­age award for protect­ing your right to vote. I’ll always work to protect your rights and be fiercely inde­pend­ent.”

Spon­sor: Jennifer Brun­ner

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $317,970


Octo­ber 28 – My Pastor

Stream video (QT)

This ad features a testi­mo­nial of Amanda and Jessica who were raped and goes on to say that “Justices Judi French and Sharon Kennedy let the abusers and their enablers off the hook.” It ends by asking the viewed to “vote them out.”

Spon­sor: Ohio Demo­cratic Party

Estim­ated Spend­ing: $86,530