Just days after the primary election, expect to see new ads in Kansas.
"When few supported President Barack Obama, there was a liberal Lawrence Legislator that believed. Paul Davis helped organize Kansas for Obama. Then Davis was an Obama delegate at the Democratic National Convention and four years later, after the failed stimulus, massive bailouts, record debt, stalled economy and the Obamacare disaster, Paul Davis was right back at the Democratic Convention with Obama. Paul Davis, don't delegate Kansas to an Obama liberal."
The ad is funded by the Republican Governors Association, an organization that helps get republicans elected to governor seats across the nation.
This ad is set to run hundreds of times in Kansas over the next few weeks.
"It is interesting immediately after this primary campaign to see a big organization handing over a large chunk of money, bank rolling a pretty extensive advertising campaign," said Friends University Political Science Processor Dr. Russell Arben Fox.
Fox said although it's not unheard of, it is unusual to see political ads for the general election this early.
"You don't see the real push until you're closing within a month or three weeks of the general election," he said. "There's no hard in fast rule. These is an argument out there about getting ads out there early in the wake of primary election because people are thinking about it."
According to political files found on the Federal Communication Commission website, the RGA is spending nearly $75,000 to run the political ad on Wichita stations from August 7th-13th alone. If that continues, as our sales department manager believes will happen, the organization will spend nearly $300,000 in the month of August. That doesn't include the estimated $100,000 that will be spent in the Topeka market or the possible dollars spent in Kansas City.
Fox said Tuesday night's results are likely the reason for this early push.
"My bet is, the election returns come in and Brownback or somebody close to Brownback makes a few phone calls and says "We need to get these ads rolling now, we need to start spending now," said Fox. "My suspicion is that Jennifer Winn takes away 40% of votes that otherwise Brownback could of counted on and he knows out of that 40% there's probably 10-15% that he actually needs to hang on if he wants to get re-elected."
He said he doesn't see these ads necessarily targeting voters at this point, instead reaching out towards people who would potentially donate to the campaign or volunteer their time getting people to vote for the republican governor.
Eyewitness News reached out to Republican Governors Association for comment, but it has not responded to the request.
Democratic challenger Paul Davis's campaign issued this response:
"Weeks after more than 100 current and former Republican officials endorsed his opponent, and just hours after losing nearly 40 percent of Kansas Republican primary votes to a virtually unknown opponent, Sam Brownback and his outside groups rushed to distract Kansans from the Governor's failed experiment by attacking Paul Davis.
“It's clear Sam Brownback is in trouble and the Republican Governors Association knows it,” said Davis campaign spokesman Chris Pumpelly. “On the same day a second credit agency downgraded the Kansas bond rating and the day after a weak primary performance, Sam Brownback and his big money allies again try to distract from his dismal record and blame others for his failed experiment.
“The governor continues to dodge responsibility for the mess he has created in Kansas. It’s clear he’ll blame just about anything on the President: be it a weak primary performance or the latest in a string of bad news about the Kansas economy. It's time the Governor stop misleading voters and take responsibility for our struggling schools and stagnant economy.”
Not only was the state credit rating downgraded for the second time in three months, but Kansas is one of only five states in the country to have lost jobs in the last six months. In contrast, Missouri has gained over 18,000 jobs since the end of last year."
Starting July 1st of this year, the FCC has required all television stations to post information about political ad spending on the FCC website to add to transparency. If you are interested in looking at what groups are buying advertisement time and how much they are spending click here and follow the directions below.
First, each station posts its own ads so you will need to know the call letters for the particular station. (i.e. KWCH or KSCW) Type the call letter into the box then press the magnifying class.
Then find the icon that says "political files." Several folders will pop up. (i.e. Federal, Local, State) Click the folder you are interested in. There you will find the different organizations and groups who buy ads.
The FCC requires television stations to post these ad sales as quickly as possible after they are made.