Get ready for some nasty ads in October

I stopped by WCCO-TV on Thursday to take a look at their public file. The National Republican Congressional Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have bought a total of $1.36 million dollars in ad time on WCCO alone.

The groups will run a total of 946 ads on WCCO-TV between October third through election day. The groups won’t say which races they’re targeting but it’s safe to say the DSCC will run ads on behalf of Amy Klobuchar, the DCCC will probably run ads on behalf of Patty Wetterling and the NRCC will run ads on behalf of Michele Bachmann. Bachmann and Wetterling are running for Congress in Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District.

Remember that the campaigns can pull the ad buy and put the money elsewhere. The parties may move the money to other more competitive races if their candidate is well ahead or well behind in the polls. Noticeably absent from the file was the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who is either waiting to place a buy or is expecting Mark Kennedy to fend for himself in his race with Klobuchar. Here’s the rundown:

The National Republican Congressional Committee will run 396 ads on WCCO between October third and election day at a cost of $579,100.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will run a total of 271 ads on WCCO between October tenth and election day at a cost of $403,425.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will run a total of 279 spots on WCCO between October tenth and election day at a cost of $379,925.

Why do I say the ads will be nasty? Take a look at this ad by the DCCC and this one by the DSCC. The NRCC also gets dirty as you can see in this 2004 MPR story.

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