We’re back with an abbreviated post covering Friday’s independent expenditures. Friday was a gigantic day for outside spending groups. Groups reported more money changing hands - over $15 million(!) - than all the spending throughout the entire week combined.
We’ll have a full breakdown with a disclosure summary table soon. Today’s post will just cover the round up and some of the big spenders.
Super quick hits for Friday, September 14th:
The Roundup: $17.1 million disclosed by 29 distinct groups seeking to influence over 30 federal elections.
The Big Spenders: 6 groups disclosed over $1 million, accounting for 90% of the day’s spending. The big spenders were -
- Crossroads GPS $5,344,244
- National Republican Congressional Committee $4,174,844
- House Majority PAC $1,795,806
- Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee $1,470,697
- American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees $1,417,888
- National Republican Senatorial Committee $1,019,126
Crossroads GPS, the biggest spender of all, spent all their cash on a media buy opposing President Obama. NRCC, House Majority PAC, DSCC and NRSC used their dough against candidates from the opposing party in elections within their remit. And AFSCME spent nearly all of their cash opposing Denny Rehberg’s (R-MT) bid for the Senate.
House or Senate? The House. Groups disclosed $7.4 million on House contests and nearly $3.9 million on Senate elections. The Presidential race garnered $5.8 million of cash from outside spending groups on Friday.
The Hotspot: Much of the disclosures targeted congressional elections. Montana and Ohio received the most spending - over $1.3 million and $1.2 million respectively.
The High Striker: The Republicans. Republican groups spent more than $12 million on Friday.
Check back soon for the weekly Top Fives and a breakdown of the weekend’s expenditures.