The independent expenditure update for yesterday, September 4th, will be short and sweet. On Tuesday, spending intensified in battleground House and Senate races. Democrat-affiliated disclosures outpaced Republican-aligned spending. And, very few expenditures targeted the Presidential election - disclosures amounted to only 7% of the day’s total, a shockingly low daily tally.
Quick hits for Tuesday:
- The Roundup: $646K disclosed by 9 groups seeking to influence 9 federal races
- The Big Spender: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $325K for media buys in opposition of 5 Republican candidates for the lower house - David Rouzer (R-NC) Rodney Davis (R-IL) Daniel Benishek (R-MI) Sean Duffy (R-WI) Jason Plummer (R-IL). A small amount ($33K) went toward supporting a Democrat, William Enyart, seeking election in Illinois’ 12th district.
- Cashing In: Great American Media - a media firm frequented by left-affiliated groups - walked away with $495K for media buys opposing 6 Republican candidates for the House and Senate and supporting 1 Democrat candidate for the the House. CBMG has profiled their recent IE activity in this post.
- House or Senate? The House. House contests attracted $408K in outside spending compared to just $193K for the upper house. House spending surpassed Senate spending for the first time in 7 days.
- The Hotspot: The Land of the Shining Mountains (Montana) attracted $191K from independent expenditure groups. Republican candidate for the Senate Dennis Rehberg was the target of 100% of the spending - all in opposition. Elections in North Carolina ($139K) and Wisconsin ($114K) continue to receive significant attention from these outside groups.
- The High Striker: The Democrats. Dems dropped $538K on Tuesday, compared to just $118K for the Reps. For every dollar spent by Repbulican groups, Democrat groups spent $4.5.
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