The money is really starting to flow outward. From the beginning of July to the end of August, campaigns reported that they spent $256 million. Republican National Committee (RNC) topped the list at $27 million, but they are really just sharing their money. The RNC gave $4 million to National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and another $4 million to the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC). Then they gave another $3 million to themselves, which does not make sense. Rick Scott for Florida is next. Rick Scott spent $10 million with the majority of it going to Media. Rick really wants to be a Senator.
Claire McCaskill’s grass roots donation movement must have worked as she has plenty of money to burn on advertising. She reportedly spent $6.4 million on advertising in the last couple of months. The Senate Majority PAC (SMP) out spent the NRSC by $3 million. SMP spent $7 million and the NRSC only spent $4 million. If you are not familiar with all the PACs, SMP is helping the Democrats win the Senate. The NRCC spent $6 million with the hope that Republicans can hold the House.
Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona spent $4.3 million on TV advertising. Nextgen Climate Action Committee spent $4 million of Tom Steyer’s money. However, their biggest expense of $629 thousand was for staff payroll. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan and Martha McSally in Arizona spent more than $3 million in the last couple of months. John Kingston in Massachusetts spent $2.1 million and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin spent $1.8 million.
Emily’s List paid out $3.6 million, $400 thousand of that went to Gwen Graham in Florida. $903 thousand went to various candidates, however their median campaign donation was only $145 dollars. Emily’s list also paid out $537 thousand in Salaries. The median salary payment was $2,097 dollars. It is better to work at Emily’s List than be a candidate they like. However, Gwen Graham is the exception.