Democratic House candidates are receiving large sums of money from political action committees and other outside groups, with more than $16 million paid out in just 10 races, according to financial data compiled by OpenSecrets.
Why is it important: Super PACs, nonprofits, and party committees can pump unlimited amounts into key states and districts to boost a candidate or hurt an opponent. Vehicles also allow variable anonymity for donors.
- While outside money has influenced politics and campaigns for decades, this year’s midterms could feature the most expense again.
Between the lines: The numbers reflect the total amount of money, so far, special interest groups have spent both for or against these 10 candidates whose campaigns have received the most outside attention.
- Nina Turner, a Democrat from Ohio’s 11th district, sworn take money from a PAC or corporate lobbyist.
- That hasn’t stopped special interest groups from spending over $1.7 million vs her campaign, and others depositing around $650,000 to promote her.
- So far, all of the Republican House candidates reviewed in this group have invested only outside money in Support of their campaigns.
Go further: In Virginia, Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s campaign has received mostly positive attention from outside spending.
- Only $1,153 of more than $1 million spent was opposed to his candidacy, OpenSecrets found.