Television ad spending in Florida Senate races ranked second among the nation’s legislative contests, with Boca Raton Democrat Irv Slosberg spending the most of any candidate in the state, a new report shows.
The Center for Public Integrity’s review of TV spending in the last campaign shows that $17.9 million was spent on more than 29,000 spots in Florida Senate contests. All 40 seats were up for grabs this year, but far fewer attracted big spending.
The Florida numbers were second only to the $26.2 million spent airing TV ads for Illinois state House seats.
Slosberg, a House member defeated in the August primary after challenging incumbent Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Atlantis, spent $817,290 on TV, according to CPI’s analysis. That was almost double the second-place individual spending of $477,470 by trial lawyer Michael Steinger of Palm Beach Gardens, who lost to newly elected Sen. Bobby Powell, D-Riviera Beach.
In Florida, the biggest TV spending was done by party-related committees.
The Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee poured $7.1 million into more than 10,000 TV ads; almost double the $3.8 million spent by the Florida Democratic Party to help its candidates.
Florida Republicans now command 25 of the Senate’s 40 seats, down one from where they were before the elections.