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Campaign Cash: Who's spending the most on the midterms

By T.W. Farnam | The Influence Industry

The week after Labor Day is the traditional opener to the campaign season, and it is also the time when interest groups face stricter reporting requirements for their election spending. The large numbers on this week's update to the Post's interest group spending chart reflect that  -- with $1.3 million reported by conservative group Americans for Job Security and $1.1 million reported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the country's biggest business lobby.

The Chamber focused its money last week on Senate races: $853,000 attacking incumbent Barbara Boxer (D) in California and $250,000 against Brad Ellsworth (D) in Indiana. Americans for Job Security focused on the House, spending six figures attacking Democratic candidates in four races across the country.

The Tea Party Express put an additional $168,000 into Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Delaware, a matchup between moderate Rep. Mike N. Castle and conservative commentator Christine O'Donnell.

The National Republican Congressional Committee made its second foray into the general election, with $96,000 spent on a television commercial opposing Rep.  Ben Chandler (D-Ky.) and calling him "Pelosi's lap dog." The Democratic Party also went into its 2nd District, with $48,000 spent to attack Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-Mich.) Republican challenger. Stupak was instrumental in passing the health care law this year and has been targeted by abortion groups on both sides, as well as the Tea Party Express.

By T.W. Farnam  | September 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Big Business, Chambers of Commerce, Oil, Big Banks -- the whole gang of very wealthy suspects -- aims to hoodwink us regular guys and gals.
Nothing new.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | September 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

My local race pits an incumbent Democrat (Gabrielle Giffords) against a Tea Party longshot (who beat out the establishment Republican candidate) Jesse Kelly. It's a traditionally Democratic area and Gifford has spent almost $2 million dollars in campaign funds to Kelly's $78,000. They are in a dead tie 46%-46%. She voted right down the Democratic path- yes to TARP, yes to universal health care. I don't think Gabrielle thought about her constituents when she voted the Democratic/Pelosi/Obama party line. Time to remind Giffords what a mistake those votes were. Last election (I am Republican) I voted for Giffords but this time I vote for Kelly.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | September 14, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

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