8th District TV spending: Flinn $510K; Kelsey $134K; Kustoff $88K

From the Commercial Appeal:
Thirteen Republicans are running for West Tennessee’s District 8 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but one candidate appears to be spending far more money on TV ads than anyone else: George Flinn.

He’s a 72-year-old radiologist and radio station owner who has lost three campaigns for Congress since 2010 by wide margins, and so far this year he’s spent at least $510,000 on TV ads, according to financial disclosures. Nailing down an exact number for TV spending is difficult because publicly available data is incomplete and changes often.

Flinn, a former Shelby County Commissioner, said Friday he’s pursuing every medium available to reach voters.

“It’s a very laborious campaign and we’re working hard,” he said. “Nobody will outwork me.”

Second in TV spending appears to be state Senator Brian Kelsey, who has spent at least $134,000.

“Well, I’m trying to reach voters with my proven conservative message every which way I can: knocking on doors, making phone calls, going to forums and through TV and mail as well,” said Kelsey, 38. He said that he and other participants in his campaign have knocked on 20,000 doors.

Other candidates who have bought TV ads include former U.S. attorney David Kustoff, who has spent at least $88,000, Shelby County mayor Mark Luttrell, who has spent at least $5,800, and Jackson businessman Brad Greer, who has spent at least $2,600.

No TV ad spending was found by the following Republican candidates: Ken Atkins, Hunter Baker, Dave Bault, Raymond Honeycutt, George B. Howell, Tom Leatherwood, David J. Maldonado and David Wharton.