Early wave of money raised for key Democratic candidates
Repubs used to get lots of early money from the Koch brothers to attack their Dem. opponents and put a drain on the Dem. campaign chests, but this time around, it seems like it might be the Dems. who are way ahead on big contributions and early attacks on their opponents.
In particular, knowing that they need only 3 more seats to take over the Senate in 2020, Dems. have zeroed in on 4 susceptible GOP candidates and are sinking their big funds into anti-GOP early advertising--and the Repubs. can't keep up!
"A quartet of new nonprofit groups has already spent millions of dollars hammering four of the most vulnerable Republican senators on the ballot next year, sparking a wave of concern among strategists trying to protect the GOP’s slim three-seat Senate majority in 2020.
Outside groups in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Iowa have already spent or booked over $1 million in each state — and in some cases much more, according to Advertising Analytics — on advertising criticizing the senators, more than doubling the spending from Republican-aligned groups trying to respond. . . .
The early spending, combined with strong fundraising by Democratic Senate candidates, is a “wake-up call” for the GOP, said Scott Reed, the chief political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is partnering with state affiliates to boost Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) with six-figure ad buys amid the spending deluge against them, running positive ads focused on local issues there. . . .
“We expected it to be bad. Nobody expected it to be this bad,” Reed said of the early spending and fundraising figures. “The right of center groups have got to get moving. Elections have consequences and the Senate is the backstop against all out craziness.”
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This year’s early barrage is not coming from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee or the super PAC Senate Majority PAC, the main players in Democratic Senate campaigns. Instead, the top spenders are a band of nonprofit organizations that formed just this year, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money and do not have to disclose information about their donors.
Dems. got the energy, and now Dems. are getting the money!
I'm starting to lick my chops. : )