If it felt like you couldn't turn on your TV in the past three months without seeing a political ad, you're not paranoid: They really were everywhere. An analysis of data in public filings made by the region's four television stations — WTAE, KDKA, WPXI and WPGH — shows that at least $34 million was spent on political advertising from candidates and special interests leading up to the Nov. 6 general election. City Paper examined filings made between Sept. 1 and Nov. 7 and warehoused by the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation on its websitewww.adsleuth.com. The figures are merely an estimate of the ad dollars spent because there is no uniform method to the mandatory reports. And even though CP erred on the side of lower totals to avoid duplication of numbers, there's no denying that candidates and special interests spent a lot of money to get your attention.
Compiled by Charlie Deitch