The presidential race’s TV advertising battle could begin unfolding on Michigan TV screens as early as next week.
According to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings, a Super Political Action Committee (Super PAC) that’s been backing Republican candidate Jeb Bush already has at least $741,585 in ad time reserved with Michigan broadcast stations running up to the March 8 primary.
A spokesperson for Right to Rise, the Super PAC supporting the former Florida governor, told the Detroit News in November that the Super PAC had purchased $1.7 million in total air time in Michigan.
The ads were originally scheduled to begin on Feb. 15, which is Monday. However, multiple stations have filed revisions, showing that the ads airing with them have been pushed backed to Feb. 17, which is Wednesday.
According to FCC filings, the ads are currently scheduled to begin in the Detroit market, the Flint market and the Grand Rapids market next week.
Right to Rise has also reserved ad time in the Traverse City market. But those ads aren’t scheduled to begin until Feb. 22, according to the filings.
According to Federal Election Commission records, Right to Rise had raised $118.3 million by the end of 2015 and had spent $59.7 million.
* Photo: The image is from one of the pro-Jeb Bush ads that Right to Rise has been running.