By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)
Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone
The Sunlight Foundation, a watchdog reporting group (more here) reports that spending for political campaigns has reached the 200 million dollar mark. The article by Anupama Narayanswamy starts with:
Spending by outside groups trying to influence the mid-term elections increased by a staggering $78 million in the last week, pushing the total spent by non-profits, labor unions and party committees to more than $200 million this cycle. That’s an 80 percent increase from 2006, the last mid-term election.
It appears the report tags no favorites and labor unions, both political parties and other big fund-raiser are given equal treatment in the story.
Spending by outside groups trying to influence the mid-term elections increased by a staggering $78 million in the last week, pushing the total spent by non-profits, labor unions and party committees to more than $200 million this cycle. That’s an 80 percent increase from 2006, the last mid-term election.“Super PACs”–groups that register with the FEC their intention to raise unlimited funds and run independent expenditure ads–have spent a total of $21.4 million so far.
It appears that both major political parties, labor unions and other big dough raisers are equals when it comes to the overall reporting and no one is left out as sacred (at least among the big elephants, donkeys and labor progressives):
In the last four days alone the top five spending organizations disclosed spending $13.8 million and includes a spike in spending by two of the party committees (the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee). American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS–both of which are advised by Republican strategist Karl Rove–and the National Association of Realtors round out the top five.
A group who has been braying a lot in the last week or so leads the spending increase for the past week. Perhaps they are hoofing it in a hurry to combat the spending by the Republicans:
The DCCC has upped it’s spending considerably (sic) than previous weeks and has spent more than $6.3 million over the last four days, mostly on opposition ads. Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)4 group that doesn’t disclose its donors, spent $2.4 million mostly on close Senate races.
There’s very little more in the story, but here’s the link if you wish to access it and plunk around where you’ll find more stories.
- National Party Committee Step Up Their Independent Spending (politics.usnews.com)
- GOP Groups Launch $50 Million Ad Blitz (online.wsj.com)
- Undisclosed donors pump millions into state campaigns (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Conservative Coalition Launching $ 50 Million Pre-Election Ad Blitz (outsidethebeltway.com)