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Buying Time 2020 - West Virginia

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

Last Updated: June 8, 2020
Published: May 13, 2020

The terms of three West Virginia Supreme Court justices are due to expire at the end of 2020. A nonpartisan general election will be held for the three seats on June 9, 2020 (postponed from May 12 due to Covid-19). Incumbent Chief Justice Tim Armstead will face opponents Circuit Court Judge David W. Hummel Jr. and attorney Richard Neely for his Division 1 Seat. Incumbent Justice for Division 2, Margaret Workman, did not file for reelection. Family Circuit Court Judge Jim Douglas, Prosecutor Kris Raynes, Circuit Court Judge Joanna Tabit, and former state senator William (Bill) Wooton will compete for Workman’s seat. In Division 3, incumbent Justice John A. Hutchinson will run against Circuit Court Judge Lora Dyer and attorney William (Bill) Schwartz. 

Kantar Media/CMAG: Estimated Total TV Spending: $1,648,270*

  • Estimated spending by Jim Douglas: $20,100
  • Estimated spending by David Hummel: $26,820
  • Estimated spending by John Hutchison: $120,100
  • Estimated spending by Richard Neely: $188,740
  • Estimated spending by Republican State Leadership Committee: $108,480
  • Estimated spending by Republican State Leadership Committee – Judicial Fairness Initiative: $423,270
  • Estimated spending by ReSet West Virginia PAC: $252,870
  • Estimated spending by Bill Schwartz: $8,200
  • Estimated spending by Joanna Tabit: $242,210
  • Estimated spending by West Virginia Chamber of Commerce: $23,740
  • Estimated spending by Bill Wooton: $233,740

*Spending figures last updated June 8, 2020

Campaign Finance Filings from the Republican State Leadership Committee – Judicial Fairness Initiative, Total Spending: $1,877,434**

  • Television Advertising: $1,877,434

**Spending figures from independent expenditure reports filed on May 12, 2020, May 14, 2020, May 18, 2020, May 22, 2020, May 26, 2020, May 29, 2020, June 3, 2020, and June 4, 2020 by the Republican State Leadership Committee – Judicial Fairness Initiative

Campaign Finance Filings from ReSet West Virginia PAC, Total Spending: $885,629***

  • Television Advertising: $885,629

***Spending figures from independent expenditure reports filed on May 20, 2020, May 22, 2020, May 23, 2020, May 29, 2020, and June 4, 2020 by ReSet West Virginia PAC

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April 24 – WV Tabit Now More than Ever

Stream video (QT)

This ad says that Joanna Tabit is “tough, experienced, and independent” and “that’s why law enforcement, first responders, and labor support Judge Joanna Tabit for the Supreme Court.”

Sponsor: Joanna Tabit

Estimated Spending: $242,210


April 28 – WV Wooton Environment

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This ad says that “Bill Wooton protected our land and water, on our supreme court, Bill Wooton will protect West Virginia”

Sponsor: Bill Wooton

Estimated Spending: $226,730


May 8 – WV Douglas What About the Kids

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This ad says that “Now More than ever, the West Virginia Supreme Court needs someone who will ask ‘what about the kids’” and endorse Jim Douglas, saying that he will “finally [put] families first”

Sponsor: Jim Douglas

Estimated Spending: $10,150


May 11 – WV Douglas Families First

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This ad says that “Jim Douglas is running for the West Virginia Supreme Court so that he can finally put families first” and goes on to say that Douglas “wasn’t there for jack-pot justice [and] he didn’t work for out of state insurance companies”

Sponsor: Jim Douglas

Estimated Spending: $7,210


May 12 – WV Hummel Proud of Our State 15

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In this ad, David Hummel says that “he is proud state” and that he is “a justice for all of West Virginia”

Sponsor: David Hummel

Estimated Spending: $13,480


May 12 – WV Douglas Grandparents Rights Case 60

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This ad says that “Did you know that there are three justices sitting on the [West Virginia] Supreme Court who have never cross-examined a witness, never picked a jury, never argued a case to the Supreme Court they now sit on?” and goes on to say that “your child would” support Douglas’ candidacy.

Sponsor: Jim Douglas

Estimated Spending: $2,740


May 12 – WV Hummel Knowledge and Experience 15

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In this ad, David Hummel says that he “will take the unique knowledge, experience that I’ve gained as a circuit court judge, [and] bring it to all of West Virginia”

Sponsor: David Hummel

Estimated Spending: $13,340


May 13 – WV RSLCJFN Disgraced

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This ad says it will tell “the truth about disgraced former judge Richard Neely,” alleging that Neely once said “society would be better off if women stayed home with their children”

Sponsor: Republican State Leadership Committee – Judicial Fairness Initiative

Estimated Spending: $253,930


May 15 – WV Neely Tough Times

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This ad says Richard Neely is “running again for working families, to take on insurance, and to protect women and children,” so he can “clean up the court, so it works for us”

Sponsor: Richard Neely

Estimated Spending: $46,410


May 19 – WV Schwartz Know What It’s Like 15

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In this ad, Bill Schwartz says that “we need an agent of change in our court system,” and that “as an award winning lawyer with over 32-years of experience, I want to bring that change for a better West Virginia”

Sponsor: Bill Schwartz

Estimated Spending: $8,200


May 22 – WV RESETWV One of Us

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This ad says that “Judge Joanna Tabit is a bridge-builder, endorsed by teachers, mine workers, firefighters, and the chamber of commerce”

Sponsor: ReSet West Virginia PAC

Estimated Spending: $123,700


May 22 – WV WVCOC Much Needed Honor

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This ad endorses Tim Armstead’s reelection campaign, and says that Armstead “looks to the law, not politics” and that “as Chief Justice, he cut wasteful spending and lowered costs by four million dollars”

Sponsor: West Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Estimated Spending: $23,740


May 25 – WV RESETWV Contributions

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This ad says “Tim Armstead was appointed to the Supreme Court after receiving thousands of dollars in contributions from drug… gas… and insurance companies” and goes on to endorse Richard Neely or “anyone instead od Armstead”

Sponsor: ReSet West Virginia PAC

Estimated Spending: $105,290


May 25 – WV RESETWV Say Anything

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This ad says that out of state corporations are “attacking former Supreme Court Justice Richard Neely by taking our of context comments he made over 25 years ago”

Sponsor: ReSet West Virginia PAC

Estimated Spending: $15,250


May 26 – WV RSLC Tough as Nails

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This ad says that “for anyone who commits a crime against a child, [Tim] Armstead and [Kris] Raynes will make sure justice is served”

Sponsor: Republican State Leadership Committee

Estimated Spending: $108,480


May 26 – WV RSLCJFN More Disturbing Facts

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This ad says it will give “more disturbing facts about Richard Neely” including alleging that “in a case involving a man accused of sexually abusing his two children, Neely wrote that ‘like witchcraft, child sexual abuse charges can seldom be proven one way or another’” and endorses Tim Armstead

Sponsor: Republican State Leadership Committee – Judicial Fairness Initiative

Estimated Spending: $169,340


May 26 – WV Hutchison Worked Hard

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In this ad, John Hutchison says “he’s worked hard his entire life.” The ad goes on to say that he is endorsed by “Democrats and Republicans” for the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Sponsor: John Hutchison

Estimated Spending: $120,100


May 26 – WV Neely Out of State Insurance Companies

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This ad says that of state insurance companies are lying about our former Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court Richard Neely” and that Neely “is running to eliminate the huge delays that health insurance companies [impose to] all but destroy the rights of women, children, and workers”

Sponsor: Richard Neely

Estimated Spending: $142,330


June 5 – WV RESETWV Out of State Super PAC

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This ad says “why is an out of state super PAC spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to get Tim Armstead elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court? What do these out of state interests expect in return?” going on to say that “anyone instead of Armstead” should be elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Sponsor: ReSet WV PAC

Estimated Spending: $8,630


June 6 – WV Wooton Grandkids 15

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This features Bill Wooton’s grandkids endorsing his candidacy for the Supreme Court, saying then features Wooton saying that “if you honor me with your vote, I’ll serve you with honor”

Sponsor: Bill Wooton

Estimated Spending: $5,790


June 7 – WV Wooton Environment 15

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This ad says, “Bill Wooton authored the bill to stop out of state garbage dumping, saving our drinking water,” and that “on our Supreme Court, Bill Wooton would protect West Virginia.”

Sponsor: Bill Wooton

Estimated Spending: $1,220