Here are four big findings from this week’s reporting deadline for Super PACs and committees before candidates unload their campaign finance filings next month:
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The Super PAC chiefs of both parties enter the final round of primary contests to promote their favorite candidates in the Congress race. In one case, it was a Democratic group promoting its preferred opponent. But the funding behind these efforts was a mystery — until this week.
The House Majority PAC, the leading House super PAC of Democrats, funded a group that entered a September 13 GOP contest to challenge Rep. Annie Custer (DNH). Super PAC contributed $125,000 on August 25 to Democrat Serve, another Super PAC that supports Democrats with public service backgrounds. That group ran about $570,000 in TV commercials promoting Bob Burns, a far-right Republican who opposes abortion rights, over liberal GOP Mayor George Hensel, who is supported by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. was received.
House Majority PACs only had to disclose contributions made during the month of August on this reporting deadline, so it’s possible that Super PAC-seeded Democrats would serve with even more money in early September. Another connection to race: Abby Curren Horrell, executive director of the House Majority PAC, was previously Custer’s top aide.
Meanwhile, Hansel in New Hampshire, a GOP group that played for American Liberty Action PAC side, received funding from two lesser-known groups on the right who have been active in the 2022 primaries.
The American Liberty Action PAC received $1.6 million from Eighteen Fifty Four Funds, a group formed by Kevin McLaughlin, former executive director of the National Republican Senate Committee. tried to stop Far-right candidates in GOP primaries. American Liberty Action PAC also captured a $2.6 million transfer from the American Prosperity Alliance, a group join in may According to OpenSecrets, Parker Poling lists the executive director of the 2020 National Republican Congressional Committee, as a member of its board.
The American Liberty Action PAC also spent the August GOP primaries successfully blocking two controversial Republican candidates: Carl Paladino, a congressional candidate in New York whose previous comments have included praising Adolf Hitler on the radio, and Anthony Sabatini. , a MAGA-aligned state representative who sought a House seat in Florida.
Trump’s PAC Spent Millions on Legal Fees — and Provides No New Information on Fundraising
The former president’s leadership committee made no contributions to Republican candidates or causes in the month of August other than a $150,000 donation to the PAC that opposed Cheney. But it spent $3.8 million on legal fees and a little shy of $800,000 on events and travel. According to the latest filing, the group still has $99 million in cash.
Save America PAC raises its funds primarily through another group, the Save America Joint Fundraising Committee, which reports its finances at a different time. The joint committee did not transfer any of its proceeds to the Save America PAC in August, so the latter group’s monthly fundraising report in the wake of an August 8 court-ordered finding sparked backlash by Trump’s massive fundraising campaign. Contains no information about For documents classified at Mar-a-Lago. The Joint Committee has cited the FBI finding heavily in fundraising appeals, and it allegedly saw a spike in charity.
Trump’s leadership PAC still has more resources than both sides’ national committees. By the end of August, the Democratic and Republican National Committees collectively had $80 million in the bank: $55.8 million for the DNC and $24.2 million for the RNC.
Congressional Committees Raise About the Same – But Senate Dems Have More in the Tank
Republican and Democratic congressional committees were close to fundraising in August, with the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee leading their Democratic counterparts by a very narrow margin.
Both Senate committees raised about $12.6 million each. The campaign arm of Senate Democrats has significantly more money in the bank for the final phase of the campaign — $45.8 million compared to $16 million for Republicans — to give the party more cash in the final weeks of the campaign. (NRSC has long maintained that it always plans to increase its spending, falling more earlier in the cycle.)
With almost the same amount of resources, the House campaigns are entering the final phase. The NRCC raised $15.6 million of the DCCC’s $15.5 million, and both have nine figures in the bank: $110.7 million for Democrats and $113.2 million for Republicans.
More spending in the stretch will come from Super PACs: The Senate Majority PAC, the primary Super PAC for Senate Democrats, reported $65.8 million in cash on hand as of the end of August, while its House counterpart, the House Majority PAC, reported $78 million. Gave. Bank.
Republican Senate and House super PACs report on a quarterly, not monthly, schedule, so their latest numbers won’t be available until next month, although they have outperformed Democrats so far this year. The Senate Leadership Fund had just $105 million in cash on hand as of the end of June, while the Congressional Leadership Fund reported about $140 million at the time.
Wynn’s big investigation and the shadow race of 2024
Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigned as RNC Finance President in 2018 amid allegations of sexual harassment. But he has not disappeared from politics.
Wynn donated $10 million to Super PAC Our American Century in August, his biggest ever manifest political donation. That group has been in tears recently, revealing $5 million in advertising in the battlefield Senate race.
Meanwhile, the coalition with potential 2024 Republican Super PACs continues to attract significant support from major Republican donors. Opportunity Matters Fund, which is associated with Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.), brought in $2.5 million from Benjamin Navarro and $1 million from the political arm of the Club for Growth, a one-time ally of Trump who has clashed with him this year. Tech billionaire Larry Ellison has also been a major supporter of Scott, but he did not contribute last month.
The Opportunity Matters Fund has run ads in several battleground states—including Iowa and Nevada—in which Scott is talking straight-to-camera while promoting a Republican candidate.