It’s not only the left that gets up in arms about the other sides’ deep-pocketed donors. Soros’s spending has certainly been a target of the right, but it’s hard to imagine a single voter casting a ballot for the GOP because they want to send a message to George Soros.
Campaign finance issues are perennially a low priority to voters. While voters often bemoan the role of money in politics, fewer than one out of four said that spending by outside groups would have a negative effect on the election, and six out of ten couldn’t say what the term Super-PAC refers to. With 72 percent of Americans saying that the economy these days is “not so good” or “poor” and with over four out of ten saying they don’t think the economy has recovered from the recession, most voters are far more interested in issues than in donors.
If you’re a Democrat, it is understandable that you’d be upset about the Koch brothers’ spending in key Senate races, where Republicans are poised to pick up a variety of seats (putting Harry Reid’s leadership in the Senate in jeopardy). If the goal is to “stir up the base” with a targeted message to a narrow, liberal audience in order to bring in fundraising dollars, that’s one thing. But Reid’s speech on the Senate floor suggests a broader Democratic strategy to run on a message focused on the Koch brothers, two wealthy men most whom voters have never heard of and probably could care less about.