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Jerry Brown buys TV airtime

September 1, 2010 |  4:40 pm

Jerry Brown's campaign has booked more than $1 million in airtime on television stations around the state next week, according to numerous campaign media buyers.

Brown's campaign booked the time Wednesday morning, but Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford said the campaign may not hit the airwaves until later. Clifford said the campaign still had time to cancel its purchase, estimated at about $1.2 million statewide.

Brown's campaign has not spent any money on campaign ads, even as Meg Whitman's campaign spending has topped $100 million.

Independent expenditure groups have spent more than $7 million on Brown's behalf this summer to try to limit Whitman's advantage. The booking of airtime comes as union backers of Jerry Brown announced they were scaling back their television advertising after this week.

"This is a charade," said Whitman spokeswoman Andrea Jones Rivera. "The government unions announce they are taking their ads down while Jerry Brown simultaneously announces that he is launching his first set of ads. It’s rock-solid proof that there is seamless coordination between what is essentially the same political organization."

-- Anthony York in Sacramento

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