Kavanaugh battle takes to the air, fueled by political cash

ABC News

As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination political groups are flooding television and social media with millions of dollars in ads meant to sway public opinion.

Campaign finance experts told ABC News that while precise figures may be hard to tally, the level of outside spending from deep-pocketed groups on both sides this year appears to be unprecedented. “The balance of the court is at stake,” said Brendan Fischer, an analyst with the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington-based nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics.

ABC News looked at figures from public statements by groups that have taken credit for advertising—as well as advertising records mentioning Kavanaugh filed to the Federal Communications Commission. Those records were filed by large-market television stations in states represented by senators whose votes were seen as central to determining the ultimate fate of Kavanaugh and to galvanize voters in those states.

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