The Washington Post reports interest groups are spending five times as much on this year’s congressional elections as they did just four years ago. And most of that money is being spent by right-wing groups who are outspending the Democrat-leaning organizations by a 7 to 1 margin.
Nowhere is this lopsided nature of the post-Citizens United, new world order more apparent than New Hampshire, where Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Paul Hodes has been outspent 19-1, including over $1.3 million from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Republican Kelly Ayotte’s behalf. 1st District Congressional Rep. Carol Shea-Porter has been outspent over $300,000 to zero! Only 2nd District Congressional candidate Ann Kuster has held her own, though a much smaller amount of independent money has been raised for that race.
The Post has some nifty interactive graphics to track all the spending by interest groups and political parties. Here are the details from the three New Hampshire congressional races:
Interest groups and political parties have reported spending $3,367,329 on independent campaigning in the New Hampshire Senate race this year, with $3,200,152 benefiting Republicans and $167,177 benefiting Democrats.
NH 1st Congressional District
Interest groups and political parties have reported spending $337,256 on independent campaigning in New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district this year, with $337,256 benefiting Republicans and $0 benefiting Democrats.
NH 2nd Congressional District
Interest groups and political parties have reported spending $24,142 on independent campaigning in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district this year, with $13 benefiting Republicans and $24,129 benefiting Democrats.
The charts will be updated each Tuesday through Election Day.