South Carolina has been the focus of a disproportionately large barrage of immigration ads over the last six months – most of them going to prop up U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.).
According to an analysis of immigration ad spending conducted by The Atlas Project, roughly $3.1 million has been spend on the issue nationwide – $2.3 million in support of comprehensive immigration reform and $800,000 against it. Of that $3.1 million total, roughly $146,000 has been spent in the Greenville, S.C. media market. Smaller ad buys were made in the Columbia and Charleston media markets.
Among all markets nationwide, Greenville, Columbia and Charleston ranked fourth, fifth and eighth in the total number of immigration-related spots aired, respectively.
The biggest purchaser of airtime? A group called the “South Carolina Conservative Action Alliance,” which spent nearly $140,000 on spots defending Graham.
Obviously groups spending money to prop up Graham isn’t newsworthy. They’ve been doing it for years.
What is worth noting? The far left lean of a lot of that money …
Graham is up for reelection in 2014 and is likely to face a credible challenge in the “Republican” primary – and possibly a third party challenger in the November general election.