Thursday, October 30, 2014

NC's Senate race tops $100M

North Carolina's 2014 U.S. Senate race has the most negative political advertisements of any race in the nation. Spending on NC's Senate race tops $100M, roughly 70 cents of every dollar has come from outside groups. More than 90,000 ads – most of them attacks. :

" In total, outside groups account for $72 million of the race's spending.

More than half of the spending has gone toward television ads. Each side has spent roughly $27 million on ads, according to the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity's analysis of ad-tracking firm Kantar/CMAG data.

The nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation has been tracking spending by candidates and their allies, based on their campaign finance reports. The numbers omit spending from nonprofit groups such as Americans for Prosperity, the organization backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. "

NC Bob Buckley of Fox8 News will help us by fact-checking several of these ads. The ads covered are tame compared to the ones dueling--running back to back, every commercial break, 24/7, every channel, no escape...blah! this week. These negative ads also extremely misleading from both candidates forced me to turn off over-the-air TV until political season is over.

Oh and I'm not the only one!

8-year-old admonishes Senate candidates in North Carolina to be nice

" "Why aren't you talking about ways that you will help us? All I hear is your ads where you say mean things about each other," she wrote. " 

Buckley Report: Fact-checking NC political ads part 1

Buckley Report: Fact-checking NC political ads part 2

2014 Outside Spending, by Race

In N.C. Senate Race, It's Obama's Record vs. Legislature's

NC Democrat: Kay Hagan

NC Republican: Thom Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House