Unlike other races on this year’s ballot, money raised by candidates in the Governor’s race has no relation to their ability to compete financially. That’s because Democratic candidate John Eaves has pledged to spend out of his own pocket in order to show his loyalty will remain with the people of Mississippi.
Governor Haley Barbour’s previous campaign finance report showed that nearly half of all money raised that period came from outside of Mississippi.
“What do these out-of-state people want from Mississippi, and what is Barbour giving them in return?” asked Sharon Garrison, spokeswoman for Eaves. “We know Barbour took thousands of dollars from big tobacco and then vetoed an increase in the cigarette tax that would have cut our grocery tax in half. He took thousands of dollars from big insurance yet 80,000 people still live in toxic FEMA trailers. John Eaves will throw the moneychangers out of the Governor’s mansion because it’s time for a new day in Mississippi.”
That same release indicated that Eaves has spent over $400,000 on advertising this period.
I kind of wonder if the Barbour ad buy was just a stunt for the media so that Eaves' ad buy wouldn't be a story. I wonder this because between the two ads I've seen Eaves at least 9 times on WLOX with normal viewing. I haven't seen Barbour's yet except online. I'll be interested to see where he spent his money.