Surprise: Democrat-aligned groups vastly out-raising conservative counterparts in 2014

posted at 4:01 pm on April 16, 2014 by Guy Benson

The joke:

“These two brothers are trying to buy America.”

The punchline, via ABC News:

Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to influence November’s elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark, according to financial reports still being filed Tuesday evening. An imprecise snapshot of political giving is coming into focus as outside organizations detail their fundraising and spending through March 31. The enormous sums of money do not capture what federal candidates themselves are raising and spending. In other cases, some of the most active outside groups operate under rules that allow them to keep many details of their finances secret. Democrats, at least for the moment, seem to have a roughly 3-to-1 advantage over Republicans in cash raised and banked through independent groups, according to the early filings.

The report goes on to note that certain right-leaning groups like the NRA and Americans for Prosperity (Koch!) don’t factor into these calculations.  It also lists a number of uber-wealthy individuals and organizations who’ve been contributing to Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC, which has been repeatedly upbraided by fact-checkers for its conga line of factually false ads.  Quoth the Washington Post: “This is the third time in a month that the Fact Checker has given Four Pinocchios to an ad sponsored by Senate Majority PAC. That’s a pretty dreadful track record.”  So it is.  And thus I ask, who is it that’s “trying to buy America” with “lies…distorted to make political advertisements,” again?

Fred Eychaner, the founder of Chicago-based Newsweb Corp., wrote a $4 million check to the Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic group with ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The group raised $11 million during the first three months of the year, including $2 million from James Simons, founder and chairman of investment firm Renaissance Technologies…Committees affiliated with autoworker, teacher, municipal worker, engineer and pipefitter unions all gave six-figure donations to the group. All told, organized labor directed at least $2.5 million through the super PAC to help Democrats hold the Senate. Reid’s political action committee also wrote the group a $100,000 check to keep Reid atop the Senate. A group affiliated with Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia known as Common Ground PAC donated $50,000. The super PAC is sitting on almost $20 million to help defend Democrats’ majority. EMILY’s List, which aims to elect female pro-abortion rights candidates, raised more than $2.5 million in March, bringing its total sum to almost $25 million this election cycle…San Francisco investor Tom Steyer founded NextGen Climate Action in 2013 and sent to it $9.3 million from his billion-dollar fortune. The group spent almost $8.3 million in 2013 and Steyer pledged $100 million to influence 2014′s elections.

Big Green, big labor, big abortion.  None of these deep-pocketed special interests have been slapped with the “un-American” pejorative by Reid because they’re funneling their money to the correct political cause — namely, his own.  What’s amusing about Senate Majority PAC’s attacks is that they regularly blast conservative spots as being funded by “out-of-state billionaires.”  In addition to the names highlighted above, one of Senate Majority PAC’s biggest donors is…out-of-state billionaire Michael Bloomberg.  Ed noted earlier that Bloomy has unveiled plans to spend tens of millions to combat the National Rifle Association’s political operation, on top of his lofty ReidPAC donation.  Because that’s how you get into heaven, or something.  Therein lies an important distinction: Lefty billionaires engage in the political process to earn their angel wings.  The Koch brothers do the same whilst fanning the flames of hell’s most fiery pit.  Big difference, you guys.  (I’m still hoping out hope for a Voxplainer on that one).  MRC interviewed tourists in DC last week, and it turns out that quite a lot of ordinary people aren’t familiar with these “Koch Brother” characters Reid keeps rambling about:

A recent poll showed that a majority of Americans in battleground states have never heard of Charles and David Koch; but informing the public isn’t really the point of the Senate Majority Leader’s crusade.  His objective is to mystify and exaggerate the Koch’s influence in order to light a fire under lefty donors to “fight back” by handing over gobs of money on behalf of Democrats.  And that seems to be going swimmingly.  I’ll leave you with a reminder that quite a few Democrats have more than happy to accept filthy Koch cash over the years, including Harry Reid (through a lobbyist), Chuck Schumer, and — ta da!Barack Obama.


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Really sick that the high-tax, anti wealth creation party can raise so much money.

IR-MN on April 16, 2014 at 4:07 PM

It’ll be really sad if Americans vote to retain a European economy simply because too many people decide that they want the party that will give them Nuremburg-type rallies in support of all things gay.

BuckeyeSam on April 16, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Surprise: Democrat-aligned groups vastly out-raising conservative counterparts in 2014

and I’m sure we’re all paying for it somehow.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 16, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Ratios are racist.

NotCoach on April 16, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Yeah the Limousine liberals are the “good” rich guys…

mnjg on April 16, 2014 at 4:13 PM

It’s even worse when you factor in the money received by certain Republican organizations from left wing advocacy groups. Now why would they do that? Well, Democrats aren’t the only ones with a left-wing agenda.

Wigglesworth on April 16, 2014 at 4:13 PM

And thus I ask, who is it that’s “trying to buy America” with “lies…distorted to make political advertisements,” again?

Not to mention turning the IRS and DOJ into political arms of the Fascist-Democrat party.

rbj on April 16, 2014 at 4:18 PM

It’s a sick system. Voting does not seem to matter anymore…

PatriotRider on April 16, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I don’t understand why Democrats care about ads or raising money. As seen with the North Carolina voter fraud, Democrats cast enough fraudulent absentee ballots to swing statewide elections (38,000!!!), so who cares who spends the most $$$? The only money that counts is paying the people coordinating the voter fraud!

ramesees on April 16, 2014 at 4:22 PM

I believe every Dhimmicrap that has accepted money from the Koch bro’s pay it back, with 10,000% interest. Hairy the Lip can keep the Koch cash. He just needs to stuff it where da sun don’t shine…

vnvet on April 16, 2014 at 4:25 PM

D-latrine-rats’ money is good.

Koch money is “plutocrat”. Schumer said so.

Meanwhile, work harder.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2014 at 4:27 PM

For every right leaning group or organization there is at least 100 left leaning groups to counter-act it. And you can rest assured that the majority of the left leaning groups get their funding via taxpayers via democrat party/union money laundering schemes.

HumpBot Salvation on April 16, 2014 at 4:28 PM

…and the IRS…has nothing to do with it!

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2014 at 4:35 PM

…and the IRS…has nothing to do with it!

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2014 at 4:35 PM

IRS? Their running around trying to ram amnesty down our throats and we’re suppose to give them money? I tell them to #@%$% off when they call.

DFCtomm on April 16, 2014 at 4:41 PM

…and the IRS…has nothing to do with it!

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I agree! And here’s another article that proves they are totally innocent:

The Terrifying Implications of the IRS Abuse-DOJ Connection

climbnjump on April 16, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Democrats, at least for the moment, seem to have a roughly 3-to-1 advantage over Republicans

Why?

1) Re, abortion, advantage Dems because no one makes money preventing abortions. Also because tax dollars fund their mission.

2) Corporations & the mega-wealthy prefer Dems because they want the tax code to be monstrous–easier to hide sweetheart deals for them in there.

3) The corporations that benefit directly from govt spending will vote Dem.

4) Re. labor, advantage Dems because unions have hundreds of millions of dollars of forced dues, while groups opposing union thug-ishness have to rely on voluntary donations.

5) Re. the size of government, multitudes of highly-paid govt workers want job security, so they’ll donate to libs. Whatever group out there that’s specifically devoted to reducing the size of govt will be outspent 100-to-1.

I could go on, but do you see a pattern here?
Tax dollars spent help Democrats.
We’re spending a lot of tax dollars.

itsnotaboutme on April 16, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I’ll leave you with a reminder that quite a few Democrats have

more than happy to accept filthy Koch cash over the years

HUH?!?!?!?

ladyingray on April 16, 2014 at 4:43 PM

It’s a sick system. Voting does not seem to matter anymore…

PatriotRider on April 16, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Yep. Highly paid consultants are the real power brokers and are guiding the ship.
It is all marketing and perception now.

butch on April 16, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Of course Democrats get more fat cat money, they always have, and for good reason.

Democrats deliver. Look at all the green subsidies where Obama backers make off with money while taxpayers take a bath.

And all those “friends” of Harry Reid know that if they scratch his back or one of his children’s, good things happen to their Nevada land investments. Interstates get moved, interchanges get placed in the middle of nowhere/their property, endangered species come with waivers and, if anyone gets in their way of developing, they can call in a BLM army to destroy them.

That’s value. For making Harry and his family all millionaires, these guys have made hundreds of millions.

Quid pro quo, Clarice, quid pro quo.

Adjoran on April 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM

What was it the President so famously said? Something like “don’t think for a minute that we aren’t keeping score, because we are”.

I’m sure the GOP would never stoop so low, but maybe they should consider playing the game by the Orwellian rules of the left for awhile. See how they like it.

MTF on April 16, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I’ll leave you with a reminder that quite a few Democrats have

more than happy to accept filthy Koch cash over the years

HUH?!?!?!?

ladyingray on April 16, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Here ya go, M’Lady:

Obama, Biden, Schumer, and Hillary Clinton Took Koch Brothers Money

climbnjump on April 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

The Terrifying Implications of the IRS Abuse-DOJ Connection

climbnjump on April 16, 2014 at 4:41 PM

…nice link!…thanks!

KOOLAID2 on April 16, 2014 at 5:06 PM

From the original Townhall piece:

EMILY’s List, which aims to elect female pro-abortion rights candidates

They left out part of that. EMILY’s List aims to elect female pro-abortion rights DEMOCRATS. Pro-choice Republican women need not apply. Leaving out that party restriction makes them seem a lot more non-partisan than they are.

Horologium on April 16, 2014 at 5:14 PM

climbnjump on April 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

You didn’t get my point.

ladyingray on April 16, 2014 at 5:16 PM

How much of it is “laundered” money from otherwise illegal sources?

You know … like George Soros, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, the Federal Reserve Bank, (and probably more).

listens2glenn on April 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM

You didn’t get my point.

ladyingray on April 16, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Sorry. I can be so obtuse when I haven’t had my coffee…

climbnjump on April 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Because obviously the rich are donating because they’re going to end up paying more taxes.

Obviously.

KMC1 on April 16, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Remember this from earlier in the month:

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/16/surprise-democrat-aligned-groups-vastly-out-raising-conservative-counterparts-in-2014/

37 million is a pimple on Soros butt. The democrats have more billionaires pouring hundreds of millions into campaigns. The Tea Party relies on small donations from regular people, So sick of the hypocrisy of the left.

fight like a girl on April 27, 2014 at 12:44 PM