With the advent of unlimited independent expenditures in the Spring of 2010, corporate political groups have been unleashed to influence congressional elections as they and their undisclosed individual contributors see fit. But although individual contributors to these corporate groups remain shrouded, the activity of the corporate groups themselves is tracked on a daily basis by the Federal Election Commission. The following is a summary of all independent expenditures made in congressional campaigns last week, the week of September 19-25, 2010.
In the week of 9/19-25, $9,744,771 was spent in opposition to Democratic congressional candidates and $1,149,668 was spent in support of Republican congressional candidates, for a total of $10,894,439 spent to promote the Republican electoral cause. On the other side, $447,172 was spent in support of Democratic congressional candidates and $4,048,758 was spent in opposition to Republican congressional candidates, for a total of $4,495,930 spent to promote the Democratic electoral cause. No money was spent in promotion of or in opposition to any third-party or independent congressional campaign. And only one organization — the National Realtors Association — acted on behalf of both Democrats and Republicans. All others were strictly partisan in their activities.
The Five Biggest Independent Expenditures in Congressional Races, Week of September 19 2010
1. $1,199,420 spent by the National Republican Senatorial Committee on September 24 for an unspecified media buy against Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
2. $643,362 spent by Karl Rove’s American Crossroads on September 21 for a TV spot against Democratic Senate candidate Paul Hodes of New Hampshire.
3. $555,520 spent by the American Future Fund (a group with Willie Horton/Swift Boat history) on September 24 for a TV spot against Democratic congressional incumbent Rick Larsen (of Washington State’s 2nd District)
4. $533,725 spent by Karl Rove’s American Crossroads on September 22 for a TV spot against Senate incumbent Michael Bennet of Colorado
5. $482,924 spent by Karl Rove’s American Crossroads on September 22 for a TV spot against Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias of Illinois.
The Five Biggest Spenders in Independent Expenditures, Week of September 19 2010
1. National Republican Congressional Committee: $3,156,687 (R)
2. Karl Rove’s American Crossroads: $2,948,620 (R)
3. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: $2,241,436 (D)
4. National Republican Senatorial Committee: $1,211,420 (R)
5. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: $1,088,895 (D)