Spending on this year's midterm elections is set to reach $4 billion, says a report from the Center for Responsive Politics, helped along by donations from Wall Street, medical and insurance firms, labor unions and outside interest groups. (Watch a discussion about the record spending.) As the CRP notes, that's enough to "run the city of Pittsburgh for two years," or "treat each and every American to a Big Mac and fries." Here's more:
Total projected spending on the 2010 elections, a record for midterms
Total spending on the 2006 midterms
Amount spent during the 2008 presidential election, the current overall record
Projected amount spent on Republican candidates and concerns in 2010
Project amount spent on Democratic candidates and concerns
Amount raised by House Republicans
Amount raised by House Democrats
Amount raised by Senate Republicans
Amount raised by Senate Democrats
Amount raised by outside interest groups such as "Super PACs" and labor unions.
Amount conservative groups have spent on advertising for every $1 spent by liberal groups
Projected amount spent by labor union the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, primarily on Democratic candidates and concerns. It is the biggest outside spender in the midterms.
Projected amount spent by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, primarily on Republican candidates and concerns
Amount donated to political candidates, parties, and interest groups by retirees. These donations "slightly favor" Republicans, says the CRP
Amount donated to political candidates, parties, and interest groups by lawyers and law firms. These donations favor Democrats by a ratio of 3 to 1
Amount California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has spent on her own campaign, as of October 22
Less than $5,000
Amount Alvin Greene, Democratic senate candidate for South Carolina, has raised in his race against Republican opponent Senator Jim DeMint
Share of total Wall Street donations going to Democrats in March 2009
Share of total Wall Street donations going to Republicans in September 2010
Share of total energy industry donations going to Democrats in January 2009
Share of total energy industry donations going to Republicans in September 2010
Projected spending on political advertising in 2010 — with two-thirds of it going to TV — according to Wells Fargo
Amount of that money to be spent on internet advertising
Number of political ads that will have aired during ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" over the course of the election
Sources: Center for Responsive Politics, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Ad Week, NPR, The New York Times
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