Outside groups spend $13 million in the last six daysBy Anupama Narayanswamy Oct 04 2010 3:56 p.m.
In the past six days--Wednesday through today--outside groups have spent more than $13 million to influence the mid-term congressional elections, including broadcast ads, robo-calls, get out the vote campaigns and mailings.
Data in the Reporting Group's tool -- Follow the Unlimited Money -- shows that groups not aligned to any specific candidate have spent more than $122 million in this cycle with committees registering to receive unlimited contributions -- the Super PACs -- totaling $12 million.
The National Association of Realtors spent more than $2.4 million over the last four days, supporting both Democratic and Republican candidates across the country; Americans for Job Security was second ($570,000) followed by Revere America ($456,000) -- a new organization concentrating on running healthcare ads.
Outside groups were overwhelmed by the amount spent by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which disclosed $5.3 million worth of political activity--in sharp contrast to their Democratic counterparts, which disclosed only $315,000.
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