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    Dems whine 'poor little me,' but they're outspending GOP on negative ads

    Dems whine 'poor little me,' but they're outspending GOP on negative ads


    Democrats are being outspent by Republicans and their allies in Iowa,” says a press release this week from the Senate campaign of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley.

    Braley, whose Senate race is a dead heat, also complained to small-dollar donors on his email list Thursday that “the Koch brothers have special interest spend-and-attack strategy to try and buy a victory in Iowa” for his Republican opponent.

    Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., sends emails to supporters like this nearly every day, complaining that Republican interests such as those aligned with Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers “have now spent more than $27 million against me.” She adds, “[W]e’re up against more Koch, Rove, outside attacks than ever before.”

    Given such complaints, you might think Democrats like Braley and Hagan are being overwhelmed by outside spending. You'd be wrong — they're doing just fine.

    In the 11 Senate races where independent expenditures by outside groups are a significant factor, Democrats have spent about $18 million more on aggregate than the Republicans. When it comes to negative ads, the kind Democratic candidates complain about so often, their advantage is even larger. Left-leaning groups have spent about 70 percent more on negative ads than their GOP counterparts.

    According to the latest totals from the FEC, compiled at, Braley has enjoyed a $200,000 advantage from independent expenditures by outside groups in his Iowa Senate race so far. Democratic outside groups have spent $9.5 million just on negative ads trashing his opponent, Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst.

    Hagan has it even better. Left wing outside groups have run more than $15 million solely in negative ads to beat up her opponent, Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis. That makes him the most vilified Senate candidate in America. The runner-up for that distinction is also a Republican, Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running for Senate in Colorado. He now leads in the most recent polls, even though outside Democratic groups have spent $12.9 million trashing him, which is more than double the amount outside groups have spent attacking his incumbent opponent, Sen. Mark Udall.

    Only two Republicans in major Senate races this year have the advantage in terms of independent expenditures, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and David Perdue of Georgia.

    Democrats will protest that independent expenditure totals don't tell the whole story. Millions are also spent in these races on issue ads by groups that don't have to disclose their numbers yet. But an analysis by Wesleyan University shows that they aren't quite as big or overwhelming as Democrats suggest. Even the largest such group, Americans for Prosperity, had spent only $16.7 million on airtime as of September 4, a significant amount of which was dedicated to House and gubernatorial instead of Senate races.

    The bottom line is that Democratic candidates for Senate don't lack outside money, and would still be doing just fine if they stopped whining about it.

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    The big punch to the gut for Senate Democrats: A poll of the Iowa Senate race that showed the Republican candidate, Joni Ernst, pulling ahead to a 6-point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley. The poll, conducted by the firm Selzer & Co. for The Des Moines Register, is considered one of the most reliable in the state and the nation.
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    MSNBC Blasts Sen. Reid As Hypocritical: ‘Sad And Pathetic’ To Call Koch Bros Un-American

    BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
    October 3, 2014 7:42 am

    Even MSNBC is turning against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.).

    Reid has repeatedly criticized the Koch brothers and other big-money Republicans on the Senate floor. In March, Reid called the Koch brothers un-American, immoral, and dishonest for their hefty donations, even though Reid’s Senate Majority PAC has been the biggest spender of the midterm elections.

    It is “sad and pathetic when somebody calls a person un-American, especially when they are bigger offenders of the action he defines as ‘un-American,’” Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said on Friday.

    Scarborough said Reid’s PAC topped the charts with over $32 million given to Democratic races this year.

    “We can show you a lot of ads that [Senate Majority PAC has] been running, but a lot of negative ads all over the country,” Scarborough said.

    According to reports, the Senate Majority PAC gave more than $9 million to the North Carolina Senate race alone.

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