TN political ad count for 2014 elections: 23,000 costing $16.8M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Political and issue campaigns ran nearly 23,000 television ads in Tennessee to try to sway voters on races including the U.S. Senate and constitutional amendments on abortion and judges.

According to the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, the ads cost a total of $16.8 million. Spending was heaviest on the constitutional amendments, with $3.8 million going toward unsuccessful efforts to defeat the measure to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortions in the state. Supporters spent $2 million.

The Senate race attracted $4.8 million in TV spending, while $5.1 million went into state-level races.

The Center for Public Integrity reviewed data about political advertising on broadcast television and used research from Kantar Media/CMAG, which tracks political advertising and offers a widely accepted estimate of the money spent to air each spot.

Note: The listing of Tennessee’s state-level campaign ads (governor, legislature, constitutional amendments) is HERE.

The a breakdown of U.S. Senate campaign ads is HERE (TN is No. 20 in the nation).

The Center’s listings do not include campaigns for U.S. House seats.