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    Assembly Speaker John Pérez, D-Los Angeles, right, listens during the last day of the legislative session on Thursday September 12, 2013 in Sacramento.

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The Buzz: Pérez campaign led the way in Sacramento-area ad buys

Published: Monday, Jul. 28, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 28, 2014 - 12:19 am

The Sacramento TV market’s largest broadcast stations netted more than $623,000 in ad revenue from federal, state and local campaign committees in the weeks before last month’s primary election, public filings show.

The top-spending customer for Sacramento-area TV ads was Assemblyman John A. Pérez, whose campaign for state controller purchased almost $220,000 in airtime in the weeks before the primary, according to ad-buying invoices uploaded by KCRA, KXTV, KOVR and KTXL.

Pérez, D-Los Angeles, finished third in the contest, just 481 votes behind Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, also a Democrat, who will face Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a Republican, in November. Filings due next week will detail candidates’ campaign spending, but neither Yee nor Swearengin bought ads on the four Sacramento stations.

The second-biggest spender on Sacramento broadcast TV before the June 3 election was Sacramento County district attorney candidate Anne Marie Schubert, whose campaign spent $173,000. Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent the third-most, $156,000.

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