The New York Times report
ed late Friday that "Democratic candidates have unleashed a last-minute paroxysm of spending" to defeat Republican candidates in key House races across the nation.
The paper said that the last-ditch Democratic effort was being funded
by " huge expenditures from the Democratic campaign committee, which, as of mid-October, had more than twice the amount of money in the bank as the National Republican Congressional Committee."
The Times detailed that the Democratic campaign committee spent $24 million in 68 of the 109 House races, "compared with the $12.5 million across 59 contests by its Republican counterpart."
The report continued: "On top of the party committee’s spending, Democratic-oriented outside groups, led by labor unions and others, outspent Republican-oriented groups in competitive House races, $7.4 million to $6.9 million, according to the Times analysis. Meanwhile, the Democratic House candidates outspent Republicans, $12.3 million to $7.7 million, on television in competitive races over the last week, based on data from Campaign Media Analysis Group."
Soft money for Democratic candidates has come from public employee unions. Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that such unions were pumping $88 million to save Democrats in contested races across the nation.
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