Today’s independent expenditure breakdown will be short and sweet. After days of big spending, outside money groups toned it down a bit on Monday. House and Senate races continued to receive more disclosure attention than the race for the White House.
The Roundup: $2.5 million disclosed by 19 groups influencing over 20 federal races.
The Big Spender: The National Republican Senatorial Committee disclosed nearly $1.1 million for media-related expenses opposing Senate hopefuls Angust King (I-ME), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Jon Tester (D-MT) and House candidates John Barrow (D-GA) and David Loebsack (D-IA). Over this election cycle NRSC has spent a hefty $4.4 million, but significantly less than its Republican congressional counterpart ($20.2 million).
Cashing In: Strategic Media Services walked away with the most IE cash on Monday, pocketing $683K for media and production-related services. SMS has earned $3.4 million primarily from the NRSC over the last 6 months.
House or Senate? The Senate, barely. Groups disclosed over $1.3 million targeting Senate contests and $1.1 million on House elections. Aside from the big spending on congressional races the big story here was the relatively small amount of Presidential spending on Monday - just $158K.
The Hotspot: California. On Monday, outside money organizations spent the most money state-focused money in California, disclosing over $430K. The entire balance of the disclosures in the Golden State went toward opposing Republican House candidates Dan Lungren (District 7) and Jeff Denham (District 10).
The High Striker: The Republicans, also barely. Pro-Republican groups disclosed a total of $1.3 million - Pro-Democrat groups $1.27 million. For the first time ever the High Striker Ratio is nearly 1 to 1, with the Reps spending 3 cents more on the dollar than Dems.
As always, for the detail, the disclosure summary table.