Ohio Valley Resources cites the Center for Public Integrity in reporting what most of us already knew about political advertising in the state this year:
“There’s been a ton of ads in West Virginia,” said data reporter Ben Wieder at the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit journalism outlet.
The Center analyzed TV ads in state-level races as tracked by media monitoring firm Kantar Media/CMAG and found that West Virginians have seen more than 58,000 ads this election cycle just on state-level races, and about $13 million was spent on those ads.
“We broke it down by spending per eligible voter, and it’s about $9.50 per voter,” Wieder said.
About half of the $13 million was spent on the attorney general race. And who spent the most? (No surprise, here.)
The biggest spending outside group borrows the state’s motto for its name, the Mountaineers Are Always Free PAC, but that is just the local name for a national group, the Republican Attorneys General Association.