GOP-Allied Groups Outspending Democratic Counterparts 6 to 1
As of this point, ad spending by GOP allied groups is outpacing the spending of Democrat aligned ones by a ratio of about 6 to 1:
Helped by looser fundraising rules, about two dozen organizations intended to benefit Republicans are active this fall in House and Senate races; fewer than 10 are aimed at helping Democrats. Ad spending by GOP allies over the past two months has totaled nearly $30 million in 15 states with competitive Senate or House races; Democratic outside groups have spent less than $5 million. And even more money, perhaps from even more groups, is expected to roll out in the final month of the campaign.
“There’s no even playing field here,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Conservative groups are quick to counter that all three Democratic committees — the DNC, the DCCC, and the DSCC — have outspent and outraised their GOP counterparts by substantial margins, meaning the question of which side ultimately spends the most money during the current election cycle is still open.
A crucial difference worth pointing out, however, is that while individual contributions to candidates and committees are strictly capped under current campaign finance law, contributions to the outside conservative groups that are outspending Democrats are not. This allows a conservative group like American Crossroads to receive all its money from just a few billionaires, while the DNC, for instance, cannot.