After heavy spending last week, independent expenditure groups filing disclosures with the FEC took their foot off the cash-guzzling spending on Monday. Disclosure values usually increase as the work week progresses, so having a quiet Monday, relatively speaking, is normal. Two trends from last week continued: (1) more aggregate House than Senate spending, and (2) disclosures targeting the Presidential race comprised a smaller share of the total spend than in previous months. For more detail on last week’s spending, check out our Top Fives overview, which we posted yesterday afternoon.
Quick hits for Monday:
The Roundup: $355K in spending disclosed by 13 groups targeting 17 different elections
The Big Spender: The National Republican Congressional Committee PAC spent $188K on media buys opposing three democrat candidates for the House: David Gill (IL), Gary McDowell (MI) and Ben Chandler (KY). NRCC spends a ton of cash and we’ve profiled their weekly and aggregate spending in previous posts. Much of their increased spending of late has been, in part, responsible for the general uptick in House-oriented disclosures.
Cashing In: National Media Research Planning and Placement was the big earner on Monday. NMRPP received over $142K for media-related buys in Illinois and Michigan. As with the NRCC, NMRPP is one of the usual suspects when it comes to groups cashing in on independent expenditures. Operating since 1983, according to NMRPP’s website the company is, “one of the largest and most successful Republican communications planning and implementation agencies in the United States” and tout working on hundreds of successful campaigns on every level using, “proprietary media intelligence.”
House or Senate? The House. Groups disclosed nearly $219K in spending targeting House contests and just $51K on Senate elections. Spending amount per candidate also favors the House, with groups spending $43.7K per House candidate compared to only $4.3K per Senate hopeful.
The Hotspot: Illinois. The Land of Lincoln was the focal point of a significant amount of Monday’s independent political spending. Groups spent over $100K on the race for the Illinois 13th Congressional District between Rodney Davis (R) and David Gill (D). The new 13th District is the successor to the old 15th District, previously represented by the recently retired Tim Johnson (R).
The High Striker: The Republicans. Right-leaning groups disclosed nearly $273K in spending dwarfing the paltry $82K expended by left-aligned groups. For every dollar the Dems disclosed, the Reps disclosed $3.3.
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Finally - as you’ve come to know and love – the disclosure summary table awaits: