After being outspent by Republican IE groups for five days straight, some welterweight left-leaning groups got off the ropes and dominated Wednesday’s disclosures.
The quick hits for September 12th:
The Roundup: $4.5 million disclosed by 14 groups influencing over 25 federal elections.
The Big Spender: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dropped over $2.1 million on media buys and ad production opposing 16 Republican candidates for the House. DCCC has disclosed $6.6 million in spending throughout this election cycle. Planned Parenthood Votes also separated itself from the other IE groups on Wednesday, disclosing a hefty sum – nearly $1.8 million – for media-related expenditures opposing Mitt Romney. This spending marked the first disclosures by Planned Parenthood Votes.
Cashing In: Great American Media and Media Strategies and Research cashed in big time yesterday, earning $2 million and $1.7 million respectively. Both groups provided TV and media buys opposing Republican candidates. GAM has pocketed $9.1 million over this election cycle from all coming from only two sources - the Democrat Congressional and Senatorial Campaign Committees. MSR, working for Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club and Women Vote!, has made nearly $3.6 million in 2012.
House or Senate? The House. With the big spenders boosting the level of House-focused spending, groups disclosed a total of $2.3 million elections for the lower house. Senate election received just a little attention, netting $94K from outside spending groups.
The Hotspot: Illinois. For the second time in three days, elections in Illinois received more cash than any other state. The balance of the $595K went toward opposing three Republican candidates for the House - Jason Plummer (District 12), Rodney Davis (District 13) and Robert Schilling (District 17).
The High Striker: The Democrats dominated Wednesday’s disclosures. Dem-aligned groups spent over $4.3 million compared to only $174K for the Rep equivalents. Today’s high striker ratio is $25 to $1 in favor of the Dems. This is a big margin, one of the largest by the Dems in the last month. It does, however, pale in comparison to the $165 to $1 margin achieved by the Reps yesterday.
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Check the detail in the daily expenditure summary table: