Dayton hitting the air next week

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mark Dayton is scheduled to start running TV ads next week. Public records show Dayton bought at least $352 thousand worth of ads on Twin Cities TV stations.

Dayton’s campaign manager, Dana Anderson, confirmed the campaign bought time through the August 10th primary but public records show purchases at most stations only through the end of June. Records at KARE11 show Dayton bought $239,075 of ad time between June 15th and August 10th.

Anderson said the campaign will release the ad to reporters on Monday. She wouldn’t release the ad before then so we’ll show you the ad Dayton ran during his 1998 campaign for governor.

Dayton for Governor 1998 ad from tommy scheck on Vimeo.

The former U.S. Senator is spending his own money on the campaign.

Democrat Matt Entenza has bought nearly $850 $715 thousand worth of ads at the stations. The former legislator started running ads in late April and bought time through the end of June. Entenza is also using his personal funds on the campaign.

The DFL endorsed candidate for governor, Margaret Anderson Kelliher hasn’t bought any ads yet. Her campaign has sent fundraising requests to supporters asking for help to get on the air.

“Please join us to make a difference. Every dollar you contribute to Margaret for Governor will help Margaret get on TV and radio in the critical months before the August 1st [sic] Primary election. Please join us to stand with Margaret on June 24th,” Darin Opperman, Joan Growe and Teresa Daly wrote in an e-mail to supporters.

Kelliher, Dayton and Entenza are competing for the DFL nomination.

Republican Tom Emmer and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner haven’t bought any TV ad time so far.

  • Chris

    Wearing a hockey mask in a political ad is a bad idea. Makes you look like Jason.