LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — More outside money is flowing into the Natural State as part of the Arkansas Supreme Court races on the ballot for the March 1 primary. This time the Republican State Leadership Committee is doling out big bucks to secure votes for Circuit Judge Shawn Womack in the associate justice race.
According to a judicial elections watchdog group the RSLC was the biggest player in multi-state player in contributing to state judicial races in 2013 and 2014. Now it looks as if it has set its sights on Arkansas as a battleground worth big bucks.
According to FCC filings, at least $70,000 has been spent to book ads in the Little Rock television market, though the group claims it will spend upwards of $250,000 in Arkansas.
You might recall, as we covered last week, that the Judicial Crisis Network is running ads against Chief Justice candidate Courtney Goodson, without expressly asking voters to support her opponent, Dan Kemp.
At this point, total television ad spending in the chief justice race has surpassed $1 million, with the JCN spending at least $600,00 and the two candidates spending $300,000 between them.