High court hopefuls commit about $1.5M for TV air time

Written by The Associated Press | May 13, 2015 3:42 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Candidates for Pennsylvania's Supreme Court are spending large amounts of money on air time for campaign TV ads. A week before the May 19 primary, the total was about $1.5 million.

The nonpartisan groups Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice analyzed Federal Communications Commission filings through Tuesday.

Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty spent the most, at least $686,000, and fellow Democrat David Wecht, a Superior Court judge, spent at least $221,000.

Two other Democrats and three Republicans also bought air time.

The other five candidates had not bought air time.

The groups noted contributions to judicial candidates typically come from lawyers and businesses.

Bert Brandenburg, director of Justice at Stake, says scandals have hurt public trust of the state's high court.

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