Disclosure breakdown for Wednesday, September 26th - Spending the Cheddar in Dairy States Edition. Congressional spending dominated the disclosures for the second day in a row. Groups disclosed only $615K targeting the race for the White House. Despite another $1.2 million from Crossroads GPS - bringing the two-day Crossroads family total up to over $6.7 million - pro-Democrat disclosed more cash than their pro-Republican counterparts.
The Roundup: $7.4 million disclosed by 24 groups influencing over 40 federal elections
The Big Spender: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee disclosed over $3.4 million purchasing media-related products opposing 20 Republican and supporting 3 Democrat candidates for the House. DCCC’s disclosure to the FEC revealed uneven spending across the targeted contests, allocating as little as $10K for some candidates (e.g. Rodney Davis (R-IL) or as much as $400K for others (e.g. Brian Bilbray (R-CA). DCCC is one of the heavy weight pro-Democrat entities disclosing independent expenditures this cycle. Wednesday’s disbursement brings their total to $14 million over the past 12 months.
Cashing In: Great American Media, favorite of the DCCC, pocketed nearly $4.1 million. GAM has earned over $21 million for providing media-related products and services throughout this election cycle to pro-Democrat groups.
House or Senate? The House. Groups disclosed $4.9 million targeting House contests on Wednesday. Senate elections attracted $1.8 million.
The Hotspot: Wisconsin (and California). Elections in Wisconsin attracted $1.3 million. Contests in California received $1.1 million. 80% of the spending in Wisconsin is in opposition of Democratic candidate for the Senate Tammy Baldwin. 90% of the disclosures targeting elections in California are against three Republican candidates for the House - Dan Lungren (District 7), Jeff Denham (District 11) and Brian Bilbray (District 52). In all, nearly 1/3 of all Wednesday spending flowed into the two dairy states.
The High Striker: Democrats. Pro-Democrat groups disclosed $5.8 million compared to just $1.6 by pro-Republican organizations. For every dollar disclosed by the Reps, the Dems spent $3.5.
As always, for your viewing pleasure, a complete summary of Wednesday’s disclosures.