September 25, 2010

NO ONE WANTS TO FUND YOU WHEN PARTY IS SELF-IMMOLATING:

Inside the Republican Money Machine: This year GOP backers have come close to matching spending by independent Democratic groups, thus leveling the playing field. (FRED BARNES, 9/24/10, WSJ)

Republican strategists Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove were appalled last winter as they searched out well-funded conservative groups that were preparing to support GOP congressional candidates in the 2010 midterm. They sensed there were too few of them and that a once-in-a-generation opportunity might be lost. Short of money and grass-roots activism, GOP candidates would be easy prey for lavishly funded Democratic opponents—not to mention liberal groups committed to spending hundreds of millions on attack ads.

This scenario has been averted. Conservatives and Republicans have organized an army of independent groups in a shrewd, collaborative and well-financed effort. While old standbys—the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—are involved, they now have reinforcements. They've come close to matching overall spending by Democratic groups, thus leveling the campaign playing field and enhancing Republican chances of capturing the House, Senate, and more governorships and state legislatures in 2010. [...]

The Democratic lead in fund-raising is itself a relatively recent phenomenon. Republicans spent more in 2006, but Democrats surged ahead in 2008, spending $956 million to the Republicans' $792 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.


After their performance beginning in 2005, it's amazing anyone gave the Congressional GOP any money.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 25, 2010 2:12 PM
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