As next month’s primary election grows near, it’s open season for political advertising at San Diego television stations. Early off the blocks has been Sheriff Bill Gore with a $9100 purchase of 47 spots from April 23 through May 6 on KGTV Channel 10, according to federal disclosure records. Fellow Republican Summer Stephan, the county’s appointed district attorney, has so far spent $12,875 for 62 KGTV spots over the same period. The pair is using the same media buyer, Chicago-based Kelly Scott & Madison, which comes as no surprise to insiders since Stephan and Gore also share the same local consultant, Jason Roe, a longtime confidant of Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
The single biggest splash has been made by 84-year-old billionaire Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, who on February 7 gave $250,000 to Women Vote!, a super-PAC that is backing his granddaughter, Democrat Sara Jacobs, 29, to replace departing Republican congressman Darrell Issa. Women Vote’s pro-Jacobs spots, featuring a shot of her with Barack Obama, among other D.C. photo ops, are all over the dial, with $123,810 spent by the the political action committee at KGTV. At Channel 8 KFMB-TV, Jacobs is spending her own money, using her political committee to which she has so far given $1.07 million, to buy 237 spots for $112,800.