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Ad Watch: Senate Edition 4/22

$2.6 million. That’s how much more John Fetterman has spent on ads in the Democratic primary so far than Conor Lamb has. Fetterman’s campaign has spent $4 million as of Thursday evening, per AdImpact, while Lamb has spent $1.4 million. But Lamb has also had support from the super PAC Pennsylvania Progress, which has spent nearly $1.1 million on ads. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta has spent just $262,000.

The disparity is a product of Fetterman’s broader financial advantage in the race. So far, he’s raised $15.1 million, while Lamb has raised $5.7 million. Fetterman also had more cash on hand, with $4.2 million in his campaign account as of March 31, while Lamb’s campaign had $2.2 million.

Lamb’s campaign has reserved $1.8 million more in future airtime through the primary, which exceeds Fetterman’s $671,000 according to AdImpact’s tracking. But that can change fast, as the candidates set their strategies for the final stretch.

More than $45 million has been spent so far on TV, radio and digital ads in the GOP primaryaccording to data provided by ad tracker AdImpact. Mehmet Oz, David McCormick and Honor Pennsylvania, a super PAC backing McCormick, have each spent over $11 million on ads in the primary race. American Leadership Action, a similar super PAC backing Oz, has spent just over $3 million on advertising in the primary so far.

Here are the latest ads released and approved by the campaigns since our last edition on April 12. Super PAC ads are not included.


Mehmet Oz: President Trump and Sean Hannity Endorse Dr. Oz (0:30)


Quotable: “Like I’ve been saying, Dr. Oz is the America First candidate.”


Dave McCormick: Oz Loves Masks (0:30)


Quotable: “I don’t understand what the argument is about masks. They don’t take our freedoms. They give us freedom.”


Carla Sands: America First (0:30)


Quotable: “It’s time Pennsylvania has an America First senator.”


John Fetterman: LGBTQIA+ Rights (0:53)


Quotable: “I can’t think of anything more un-American than to single out a group and deny them the basic fundamental protections that we all deserve as citizens.”



Past Ad Watches

April 12

Ad Watch: Senate Edition 4/12

March 18

Ad Watch: Senate Edition

March 2

Ad Watch: U.S. Senate Edition

10 Responses

  1. Why not send everybody on Social Security a special check for $500 to reimburse them for the high cost of winter fuel caused by Biden’s inflation?

  2. On Fetterman LBTQGRSVPNIBMsejsndnekwkdn÷ Shouldn’t get extra right. I can care less who you sleep with. Noones business. Why is that a political point.

  3. Funny Oz commercial is not him speaking it’s Sean hannity speaking for him. Sean should have started with I know he doesn’t live in PA but…

  4. “Let me be very clear to all of you, and I’ve been very clear to the president. He bears responsibility for his words and actions. No ifs, ands, or buts.”

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