Gov. Otter's Election Challenger Balukoff Has Spent 4-Times More On TV Ads

Sep 24, 2014

A.J. Balukoff is campaigning to unseat two-term incumbent Butch Otter.

Idaho democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff is outspending Republican opponent Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on political television advertisements.

According to data reviewed by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity, Balukoff has spent more than $500,000 on political television advertisements. Otter, meanwhile, has spent nearly $121,000 on television ads in the same time period.

The data also found that Balukoff's ads have run nearly 2,800 times and Otter's ads have run little more than 500.

The center's data did not include money spent on ads on radio, online and direct mail. It also didn't include money spent on local cable or on production costs, which means the total cost of political ad spending may be significantly higher.