Ad buys near $30M; Dems continue to dominate

The basics: Political ads contracted with Colorado television stations not total $29.4 million and almost 296 minutes of time. Much of the scheduled time centers on the U.S. Senate race pitting incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall against GOP U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner and the 6th Congressional District where incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Coffman faces former Democratic state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

The latest: The latest is that the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee has fall ad buys posted Monday with two Denver stations, information that will be included in next week’s analysis. Those buys are likely to support Coffman in the 6th CD and oppose Romanoff. The House Majority PAC, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Romanoff’s campaign all have reserved time for fall ads in the race.

Also new: The Service Employees International Union makes the first buys on Spanish-language stations in Denver, targeting Coffman and Gardner on immigration. The American Wind Energy Association made buys in support of Udall, as did Environmental Defense.

Methodology: This information is based on contracts filed by stations in Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction with the Federal Communications Commission. The contracts may also be found on the Sunlight Foundation’s Political Ad Sleuth project. It doesn’t include cable or satellite advertising because those organizations don’t have to file with the FCC. And some stations may not be filing all their advertising contracts. KMGH Channel 7 in Denver, for example, has filed no contracts from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s campaign, even though other stations have. The filings were compiled through Saturday, July 19.

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