Claire McCaskill claims on her website that Mitch McConnell and his dark money allies are working hard and she will lose without grassroots support. However, Claire has plenty of allies and most are not grassroots based. In fact, most of her donations (72%) are not from Missourians. Claire received $406 thousand from donors in Beverly Hills. Is there such a thing as a super-rich grassroots movement? Emily’s List gave her $573 thousand. Emily’s List is a pro-choice mega PAC. Grassroots’ PAC movement? San Francisco and Los Angeles combined for $1.3 million in donations to Claire. What are the odds that any of the donors from Beverly Hills, LA or SF have actually been to Missouri. Grassroots Flyover movement? She also picked up another $450 thousand from Washington D.C. PACs. Inside the beltway grassroots movement?
Claire has taken in $40 million and only $11 million of that is from Missouri. She of course is benefiting from the usual suspects. Donors in New York gave her $2.9 million, Californian gave her $3.7 million and D.C. donors gave her $2.5 million. ActBlue, based in Massachusetts, has passed on to her $11 million. She also picked up $1.4 million from donors in Illinois (mostly Chicago), $807 thousand from Texas and $764 thousand from Virginia.
She received $71 thousand from Steven Spielberg and $49 thousand from J.J. Abrams. Super famous movie producer grassroots movement? Now we are not trying to make fun of Claire, but we are tired of candidates claiming the other side is raising “dark” money, when they are being sufficiently funded and very little of it is from a "grassroots movement".