Welcome back to CBMG for the daily breakdown of independent expenditures. As we get closer to the 1-month mark until election day, disclosures - both in size and frequency - continue to increase. In a day of relative spending parity between left and right-leaning groups, outside spending targeting House races dominated Tuesday’s expenditure picture.
The Roundup: $13.2 million disclosed by 31 groups attempting to influence over 40 federal races. The overall disclosure amount figure is over twice the amount reported to the FEC last Tuesday. In the past months, FEC disclosures generally have increased as the working week progressed, with Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as the “slow” days. We’ll see if this pattern holds true going forward.
The Big Spender: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee disclosed $5.7 million opposing 26 Republican candidates for the House. DCCC is a big spender and Tuesday’s disclosure brings their cycle total to over $20 million. Pro-Repbulican group, Freedomworks, disclosed a more modest $1.7 million opposing Democratic candidates for the Senate and House.
Cashing In: The go-to media company for the Democratic Congressional and Senatorial Campaign Committees, Great American Media, earned a tidy $5.7 million on Tuesday for media buys opposing Republican House hopefuls. So far this election cycle GAM has pocketed $30 million - all from the DCCC and DSCC.
House or Senate? The House. Groups targeting House elections disclosed a hefty $9.1 million, easily topping the $2.1 million going toward Senate contests. Senate spending, whilst still a significant amount of daily independent expenditures, no longer dominate House spending on a daily basis. Recent disclosure patterns reveal that whether a specific house of Congress receives more outside cash simply depends on the composition/focus of the groups disclosing on any given day.
The Hot Spot: California. House elections in the Golden State attracted $2.1 million. Spending targeted contests in Congressional Districts: 7, 8, 10, 21, 26, 30, 31, 36 and 52. Most of the cash was pro-Democrat/ anti-Republican.
The High Striker: The Democrats. For the first day in a while, pro-Democrat groups outspent their pro-Republican counterparts. The Dems disclosed $8MM, and the Reps $5.1MM. For every dollar disclosed by pro-Republican groups, the left-leaning groups spent $1.5.
For your viewing pleasure, the complete disclosure summary table.