Sources have told Fort Wayne Observed that the Tom Hayhurst for Congress campaign has bought $300,000 worth of airtime on electronic media. Another source has indicated that the paid advertising for the Hayhurst campaign will begin on October 8th or 9th.
Fort Wayne Observed spoke with Hayhurst campaign manager Peter Clerkin about the rumors. Mr. Clerkin did not confirm the size of the airbuy but noted that the amount of purchased political advertising becomes a matter that television and radio stations must disclose. He would only confirm that the target date for the Hayhurst advertising would be "mid-October."
Mr. Clerkin said it was his understanding that the Mark Souder campaign had $150,000 worth of broadcast advertising purchased going forward.
Licensed over-the-air broadcast stations do have to disclose the amount of time has been purchased for political advertising. However, any possible cable television advertising is not subject to disclosure.