Big names are throwing big money at the Protect the House PAC. Since the beginning of June, Protect the House PAC has taken in $6.3 million in donations. Protect the House PAC took in the most donations of any PAC since June. Houston Texans owner Robert McNair and his wife both donated $371 thousand to Protect the House. Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, donated $100 thousand.
I think that we can all agree that ROBO-Calls are the worst. It may be one of the only things we as a nation can agree upon right now. I hate them so much that if you are not one of my contacts, I will not answer the phone. Everyone knows that feeling of answering the phone and hearing a short silence right before the Robot starts talking. ROBO-Calls have ruined communication by telephone, people have just stopped answering unknown numbers.
Democrats pay a lot better than Republicans. Well at least the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) pay better. All political campaigns have spent approx. $95 million since January on salaries and wages. At the top of the list is the Republican National Committee (RNC) at $5.8 million, however the RNC made 2,508 payments for an average of $2,330 per payment. The DCCC paid out almost as much at $5.5 million, but they only made 1,124 payments for an average of $4,927.
Did you know that Health and Life Insurance companies posted record high profits last year? The Life/Health Insurance Industry recorded $20 billion in profits last year, up from $10 billion in 2010. That makes sense given the fact that my premiums have pretty much doubled over the same time frame. We have all been feed the claim that premiums had to increase to pay for Obama-care.
Shiva Ayyadurai made news the other day when he announced that "Well, I think only a real Indian can defeat a fake Indian". Now statements like that make for great news, however Shiva will need a lot more than catchy phrases to defeat Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts. Even if she is not really a Native American, he still has a tough battle ahead.
Over the last 3 months, ActBlue distributed $31 million to various candidates and PACs. If you are not familiar with ActBlue, it acts as a middle man by taking credit card donations and then redistributing the funds to the different candidates. The problem is that ActBlue creates a layer between the PACs / candidates and actual donors, making it very difficult to know where the money is coming from and where it is going.
How much money does it take to topple a giant? $179 thousand. That is how much Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised to take down 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley. Over the same time frame, Crowley raised $4.6 million. Ocasio-Cortez raised less than 4% of what Crowley brought in and still beat him. It looks like Ocasio-Cortez only received money from one PAC. Justice Democrats gave her $5,000. Aside from that almost all of her donations appear to be from individuals.
In June, the American Chemical Council (ACC) flexed its muscle or more specifically spent its money on 4 different candidates. The ACC spent $900K on ads for Dean Heller (Nevada), Markwayne Mullin (Oklahoma), Roger Wicker (Mississippi) and Kevin Yoder (Kansas). The most was spent on Dean Heller. The ACC spent $348K on Heller, followed by Wicker at $269K, Mullin at $147K and Yoder at $134K. We watched some of the ads the ACC sponsored and here are key points.
Matt Rosendale may have the support of President Trump, but he does not have the money. Rosendale recently won the Montana GOP Senate primary and is set to take on Jon Tester in the November election. Rosendale claims to have the support of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee. Maybe he should try and get Paul Ryan’s support, because that guy is just handing out the money. This year Rosendale has raised $651K, compared to $6 million raised by democratic Senator Tester.