The super PAC formed to re-elect state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby is starting to spending money on TV advertising.
The committee, comprised of key Republican figures in North Carolina, has not yet reported how much money it has raised or spent. But under new regulations, TV stations must disclose online political campaign ad buys.
A cursory look at stations around the Triangle shows the N.C. Judicial Coalition has dropped nearly $164,000 for TV advertising and production at WTVD for 10 days of ads, and about $22,000 for another 10 days at WNCN.
Jonathan Kappler, research director at the N.C. Free Enterprise Federation, reports he's counted $440,000 worth of N.C. Judicial Coalition ad buys statewide.
Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited money on behalf of or in opposition to candidiates, so long as they don't coordinate their activities with the candidates' campaigns.
Newby and challenger Judge Sam "Jimmy" Ervin IV had raised close to the same amount of money on their own, as of the first half of this year.