Welcome back to CBMG for today’s rundown of independent political expenditures. On Thursday, Democrats out-disclosed Republicans by a significant margin for the second day running and, after many days of depressed volume, Presidential spending dominated Senate and House expenditures by nearly threefold.
Quick hits for September 13th:
The Roundup: $4.47 million disclosed by 13 groups influencing over 25 federal elections
The Big Spender: Priorities USA Action, the Super PAC supporting President Obama’s re-election efforts, spent heavily, disclosing $2.3 million on one media buy opposing Mitt Romney. Priorities USA Action has been the most active left-leaning Super PAC, disclosing over $2.5 million during the previous week. Taken all together, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) groups disclosed $1.9 million on Thursday.
Cashing In: Mundy Katowitz Media took home the balance of Priorities USA Action’s disclosure. This rich haul pushes their earnings during this election cycle to an astounding $23.6 million. All but $550K of their remunerations have come from Priorities.
House or Senate? The Senate. After a few days under the radar, Senate spending picked-up on Thursday. Expenditures targeting the House decreased slightly. Overall, groups disclosed over $640K on Senate contests and $550 on the House.
The Hotspot: Presidential disclosures aside (over $3.2 million), Wisconsin was the focal point for outside spending. The Senate race between Tommy Thompson (R) and Tammy Baldwin (D) attracted heavy expenditures from IE groups - over $413K. The other single congressional race attracting similar cash is the House contest in Pennsylvania’s 12th District between Keith Rothfus (R) and Mark Critz (D). Groups disclosed $283K to influence this in play seat for the House.
The High Striker: The Democrats. Democrat groups disclosed a total of $4.3 million compared to just $104K for the Republicans. For every dollar spent by the Reps, the Dems dropped $42.
As always, the disclosure summary table:
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