Outside groups have poured more money into independent expenditures, including ads, paid canvassers and polling, for the upcoming midterm elections than the Democratic and Republican campaign committees combined, The Hill reports.
The congressional and senatorial campaign committees for Democrats and the GOP have spent a combined $57 million on independent expenditures this year, while the ten largest super PACs that aren’t connected to one particular candidate have spent over $150 million so far.
"Organizations have emerged and matured, donors have become more savvy and selective, creating an ever-growing ensemble of organizations on the right and the left that are injecting more revenue into the political discourse," said GOP strategist Brian Walsh, formerly of the Congressional Leadership Fund and the current head of America First Policies, which supports President Donald Trump.
The CLF has close connections with House Speaker Paul Ryan, and has quickly become one of the biggest spenders in the election, along with the Democratic Senate Majority PAC. Two years ago, the CLF raised just $50 million; this year, it has doubled that figure already. National Republican Congressional Committee, which was at one point the main outside group that raised and spent to support the GOP, has amassed $144 million as of July.
The Senate Majority PAC is the largest outside spender in the midterm elections, having spent $41.4 million. The CLF trails behind with $30.8 million, followed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at $20.9 and the Senate Leadership Fund at $19.6.
"The fact that there are as many close races in a map that says that what we're doing matters and Democrats are in a position to win," said J.B. Poersch, who leads the Senate Majority PAC.
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