Welcome back to CGMG for today’s post - a digest for all independent expenditures reported to the FEC on Tuesday, October 9th. Pro-Democratic and pro-Republican groups nearly matched each other’s spending dollar for dollar, expending nearly $20 million across the national airwaves and within localities in 36 states. In addition, groups ignored the presidential contest, disclosing only $827K on the election for the White House.
The Roundup: $18.4 million disclosed by 33 groups in over 40 federal elections.
The Big Spender: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dropped a hefty $6.1 million on Tuesday, nearly all on media buys for TV ads opposing Republican candidates for the House. The DCCC is a big independent spender - disbursing over $25 million during this cycle - and they keep disclosing like no tomorrow. Crossroads GPS,the other group separating themselves from the pack, spent $4.8 million on media-related products and services opposing Democratic candidates for the Senate.
Cashing In: Great American Media took the cake on Tuesday, walking away with a huge $7 million, most from pro-Democratic groups. Crossroads Media earned over $2.5 million from pro-Republican groups.
House or Senate? The Senate. Groups disclosed $9.4 million targeting Senate races and $8.2 million on House contests.
The Hot Spot: Wisconsin. Seven different states received spending in excess of $1.1 million. The Dairy State attracted $2.4 million on Tuesday. $2.1 of the balance - disclosed by Crossroads GPS, the National Republican Senatorial Committee - negatively targeted Democratic Senate hopeful Tammy Baldwin. For comparison, her opponent, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, experienced only $2900 in opposition spending.
The High Striker: The Republicans. Pro-Republican groups spent over $9.5 million on Tuesday, outpacing pro-Democrats by just $600K. For every dollar disclosed by the Dems, the Reps spent $1.06.
As you’ve come to know and love, the complete disclosure summary table: