July 9th, 2010
10:44 AM ET
8 years ago

Dems sound the alarm on GOP spending

Republican groups are poised to outspend Democratic groups this election cycle.

Republican groups are poised to outspend Democratic groups this election cycle.

(CNN) - National Democrats are out with a new strategy to gin up enthusiasm among members of the base and line their campaign coffers, warning supporters that the party is likely to be significantly outspent by Republican groups this election cycle.

The memo – sent to Democratic activists and fundraisers around the country – says Republican-supporting groups are likely to spend more than $300 million leading up to the midterm elections – a total, Democrats say, that dwarfs previous midterm election spending.

The memo identifies 14 organizations estimated to spend $500,000 or more this election cycle. Topping the list is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which Democrats say aims to spend $75 million this year. Also on the list is the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads, which Democrats warn will spend $52 million. Other groups on the list include the fiscally conservative Club for Growth and FreedomWorks - the group led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey that has offered organizational support to the Tea Party movement.

Of course, Democrats are not without their own powerful third-party organizations, including a string of unions that have already spent heavily. The Democratic committees have also either kept pace or surpassed the fundraising efforts of their Republican counterparts this year. But in a year that appears ominous for the incumbent party, Democrats may be wary of getting caught with empty pockets come the fall.

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  1. snow

    The only incumbents that have to worry are the ones who voted for obamby's tax and spend programs. Let's see, stimulus,tarp and health care deformity come immediately to mind. Those Republican incumbents that have lost are the ones who voted for these programs in spite of what the majority of the country wanted. Most demorats are going to have a problem getting re-elected but not that many Republicans.

    July 9, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Lucas

    According to the Office of Management and Budget Obama and the DNC have run up more debt in 20 months than Bush in 8 years. If you have been pleased with what we have gotten from Obama and the DNC then you are either an idealogue or related to them. Their incompetence has pulverized our economy, taken unemployment above10% and extended any ideas we had of a short recovery. Corporations and consumers are afraid to spend money because of coming higher taxes and Obama's open hostility toward business.

    July 9, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Randy

    Say all you want, I bet the unions alone will give more money to the Dems than all groups the groups they have mentioned here. I'm not sure if receiving money from the U.S Chamber of Commerce is a bad thing. Think about who they represent, small business. Dems need to be careful with this play because the Republicans can play the same game. Unions Moveon.org.....not to mention in all reality, big business (big pharm, big oil, big banks, and other areas on wall street) gave more to the Dems in 2008 than to the Republicans. If you don't believe me check it out for yourself. Who is in the pocket of who.

    July 9, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. astoria

    this is outrageous! that money should be spent on jobs!

    July 9, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Rickster

    Carnahan's campaign wasn't able to completely sell out the Folly Theater, where Obama will appear for a grassroots event on Carnahan's behalf, at the prices they wanted. Tickets once priced at $250 are now going for $99, while $35 tickets are half off.

    lolol......I guess the bloom is truly off the rose. Poor Barry.....he couldn't fill a phone booth with people who want to hear him read a teleprompter anymore.

    July 9, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Bertina

    With Cnn, especially Blitzer, running campaign ads from Palin, its curious why the GOP feels the need to spend any money.

    July 9, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Ban ALL spending on political advertising and save this country!
    No ads would free up politicians to work rather than fundraise
    No ads woud stop the lies and sound-bite politics
    No ads would mean less corruptions since these guys would not need all that money from big business.

    July 9, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. john

    As usual CNN tries to milead public opinon with a catchy title to a story. This is about election money spent not taxpayer money!

    July 9, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. KItchen Police

    Let me see if I have this right; the republicans are going to be voted back into power by the culturally conservative illiterates of our country? Which means more tax cuts for wealthy, more oil spills, a continual shrinking of the middle class, no health care, racial divides and ethnic cleansing in the Southwest. The end is near and we have everything to fear.

    July 9, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Shari from Madison WI

    Finally, the truth: The republican party can blame the democrats for being spend happy, but they aren't any better. Both parties have forgotten how to get to the High Road. No wonder nothing gets done.

    July 9, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    The Dem's have two choices: Sit around and feel sorry for themselves because the GOPers have the money makers and special interest groups bringing in the big bucks, or get out and work hard to elect democratic candidates.

    Lately, all that seems to be coming from the left is whining, pouting, and thumb sucking. No one said this particular mid-term would be easy.

    The alternative to doing nothing: Tea Party candidates elected in and Dem's booted out.

    Not a great choice, that.

    July 9, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. all of america

    obama and the Dems are fundemental loosers ! The biggest lie they have to campaign on is ,"Bush is responsible for all of our problems ", The American public is getting so tired of that retoric. Their only fooling theirselves, Republicans will win it back in november!

    July 9, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Eric

    "Dems sound the alarm on GOP spending"

    Yeah, you see, GOP election -ear spending is no problem, as that money comes voluntarily from donors.

    But the National Socialist Dem's profligate congressional spending... yeah, THAT money comes involuntarily... FROM MY PAYCHECK.

    I think just for this little snarky National Socialist advert, I think I'll donate again to the RNC. Granted, it's only $75-$100, but every dollar counts when we're battling back against the forces of national socialism.

    This election is our last chance to save this republic from the dung heap of history. If we fail to take back at least one house this cycle, it's all over and we'll be buried so far under government bureaucracy, regulation and prosperity strangling redtape, there will be no recovery beyond that point.

    If we fail this year, you would be well advised to start manning the life boats and paddling for Australia.

    July 9, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Riley

    Obama is simply CLUELESS!

    July 9, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. harold

    Republicans like the private health insurance government..which governs us through their lobbiests ...and deals....to deny USA people health care that is affordable and controls costs ....So to vote for Republicans is.... you want the same thing the Republicans gave the Economy back in 2007-2008... with their bail otus for the rich wall streeters....They gave your retiremnt income a big "".......So vote for the Republican and see what they can do for you again..huh?...You know what the Republicans gave you for 8 years...?

    July 9, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. amanda

    I wish both sides would spend less time on negativity and trying to push each other into the ground and more time on working together to get the country out the hole we are in and have been for several years.
    I understand this is an election year, but these people are in the positions they are in because they were elected to do a job, a job they are paid to do, and I dont believe either side can do that job well if they are spending so much time of their time on negative campaigning.
    In the private sector, you have to give 150% just to keep your employment, why are we not holding these people accountable to the same standards?

    July 9, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. ac

    Obama has became a real bad liability to his own party. I think that the Democratic have alreay realizing how bad it is going to be November 2010 comes around.

    July 9, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Dave

    When in 08, the unknown then Obama used all tricks in the book to raise money and use his demagoguery to convince young naive people how good he is, he bailed out of his promise to use public funding and the Dem's did not complain, so now they are complaining..... good grief!

    July 9, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Chicago Joe

    Maybe CNN will will have an ounce of journalistic integrity and NAME the DEM support group spenders and their $$$.

    How much has unions contributed? How may times greater than the closest GOP big ticket donor?

    How about all the Soros funded entities?

    CNN won't tell you that the DEMs will outspend the GOP by 3x this year.

    July 9, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Jack

    Both parties are poster children for campaign finance reform. But we will never see it.

    July 9, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Linda C

    Running scared, Dems?

    July 9, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Naqib

    "Democrats may be wary of getting caught with empty pockets come the fall."

    Now that's funny... like they mind doing that to the rest of us? LOL

    July 9, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The Republicans may have all this money, but what have they done over the last 18 months? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!! I really want to see what adverse affects that ridiculous SCOTUS ruling has on the midterm elections. Corporations are going to spend unprecedented amounts of money to buy off politicians. It's almost the equivalent of a coup de tat. Those right wingnuts keep talking about a second revolution. There just may be one and it won;t come from the right.

    July 9, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    It would be nice if CNN would report the total amount that both parties receive from special interests in efforts to influence this fall's election?
    I feel bad for the people no matter who wins they lose, these candidates will be representing only the special interest groups who funded their election, forget about representing the people anymore. Our Government is bought and paid for by the Special interest groups, PACs, Unions, Wall Street, Banking, Global Corporations are all contributing billions to election funds that undermine the people's representation.

    July 9, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Augsbee

    Stop being such cry babies, acting like elementary school girls, cry, cry, cry and do a good job, let's see action and you won't have to worry about Republicans. Find your backbone and use it or did you forget you have the majority vote???????

    July 9, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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