Time for some Top Fives! Each week we present a breakdown of the top five weekly independent expenditure disclosures in five simple ways. In all, the past seven days included a step-change in spending across the board.
Groups filing independent expenditures with the FEC collectively spent a titanic $75.4 million last week - twice the amount disclosed the previous week ($33 million).
Top Five Organizations:
Pro-republican groups dominated the organizational spending. Disclosures from the two Crossroads dark money organizations - the brainchildren of Karl Rove - accounted for nearly 25% of the entire weekly spend. Only one pro-Democrat group, DCCC, made this weeks top five leader board.
Top Five States:
The Buckeye State reigned supreme last week with the Old Dominion not far behind. Disclosures targeting the Senate contest between Josh Mandel (R) and Sherrod Brown (D) alongside Presidential spending accounted for a majority of Ohio’s total. Senate hopefuls in Virginia George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D) attracted heavy spending throughout the week.
Top Five Candidates for US House of Representatives:
In total, groups spent over $25 million on House contests. Many new races appeared on the independent expenditure radar this past week, driving up the spending.
Top Five Candidates for US Senate:
In all, IE entities disclosed nearly $21 million on Senate elections. All the usual suspects in the big races continued to experience significant outside spending. As is the norm, a huge majority of the disclosures are for opposition spending.
The Candidates for President:
Finally, the race for the White House continued to comprise the largest share of the weekly independent expenditures. President Obama continues to be hammered by opposition spending on a disproportionate level to his opponent, Mr. Romney.
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