Smith Puts Another $275K on TV

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

Tom Smith is continuing his control of the airwaves. The Senate candidate and former coal company owner from Armstrong County is putting up his existing TV ads with 1,000 gross ratings points each in the Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Altoona-Johnstown, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre markets. The total tab will come to about $275,000.

Update: Smith’s campaign says the busy is 500 GRP this week, 500 next week.

“Still the only candidate on the airwaves, Tom Smith’s second network television investment demonstrates that he is the most serious candidate to defeat Senator Casey in November,” said Campaign Manager Jim Conroy in a statement.  “As polling has demonstrated, voters are highly receptive to Tom’s pro-growth, limited government message.”

At the end for the 4th quarter, Smith had the most cash on hand of any candidate – including Bob Casey himself – with $4.4 million dollars. Over $5 million of the total amount taken in so far came directly from Smith, in the form of loans and in-kind contributions.

Casey has $4.37 million on hand. Steve Welch, an entrepreneur from Chester County who is endorsed by Governor Tom Corbett and Republican state committee, has $1 million on hand. No other candidate reported more than $100,000 on hand at the end of 2011.

Here’s the intro ad, which will air in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre:

And here’s Smith’s 2nd ad, which will air in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Altoona-Johnstown:

February 6th, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate, Top Stories | 5 Comments

5 thoughts on “Smith Puts Another $275K on TV”

  1. Patricia Gambol says:

    I am voting for Tom Smith because he is a common sense, smart man. I hope he will change the complex, unreadable bills that come out of the Senate. The American people are fed up with “lawyer” language. Tom will not need too much mentoring–he will be a mentor.

  2. Julian R. says:

    Smith’s bank account doesn’t make him the best candidate. It makes him the richest. If we fall in line behind the buy with bucks, we send a very mixed message about what it is that’s really important to us. I thought it was sending more principle to Washington. Smith seems like a nice guy, but what we know about him is that he has money, was a Democrat until just recently, and he can make typical promises like the rest. There’s only one candidate who can be evaluated on his record. And Rohrer’s record is second to none. Best way to determine where a man is going is to look at where he’s been.

  3. T says:

    That ad buy he just financed is more a US Senator’s annual salary. I guess if he’s got it, spend it!

  4. Bob Guzzardi, Ardmore Penna. says:

    TOM SMITH, INDEPENDENT OF PARTY LEADERSHIP, will look to Pat Toomey and others for mentoring on the intricacies of Senate operations and legislation.

    TOM SMITH is instinctively Limited Government Free Market.

    Money matters. An endorsement may be more of a liability than a benefit. The party is weak and disorganized.

  5. Tom’s ads will have more impact that Steve’s endorsement.

    The endorsement that matters is the peoples endorsement in April.

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