Via the FCC's new online political advertising site we have a real-life, if tiny, scoop today: U.S. Sen Bob Casey is going on TV tonight for the first time in his reelection campaign.
The local Fox affilate WPGH-TV posted a document showing the Democrat's campaign has bought a few low-priced spots from today through Monday. They may have bought on other broadcast Pittsburgh stations too (KDKA, WPXI, WTAE) but they haven't as yet uploaded any political files.
Casey also launched his campaign website today and Twitter handle. Republican opponent Tom Smith first advertised during the competitive GOP Senate primary and went up for the first time during the general last week. Casey's ad hasn't been posted to his YouTube page as of 4 p.m. UPDATE: The campaign released the ad -- set at a steel mill, and interestingly criticizing the Obama administration's Defense Dept for not using domestic steel melted outside the US for military vehicles -- Friday morning. The Defense Dept proposed changing that stance just yesterday.
We're nerds for the FCC tool, even if the records are only in pdf and not very searchable, and only the nation's top 50 TV markets have to post the records for now. That means for Pa we can only search buys in Pittsburgh, Philly and Harrisburg, and can't in Erie (which bleeds into ultra-important Ohio), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (which is increasingly important for advertisers) or Altoona-Johnstown (ground zero for the nationally important Critz-Rothfus battle).