How outside groups have spent their money in Republican primaries, in 1 amazing chart

Conservative favorite Chris McDaniel's (apparently) failed bid for the Republican Senate nomination in Mississippi was groundbreaking in one regard, as we noted earlier this week: It was funded mostly by outside groups.

It's not like only McDaniel benefited from outside investment. On Thursday, Politico reported on the amount spent by establishment groups on behalf of their favored candidates, including millions poured into a wide range of races by the Chamber of Commerce.

With that in mind, we set out to map the contributions from ten large political action committees -- five representing the establishment and five representing the tea party right -- to twelve political campaigns. There are two ways groups can spend money on races: supporting the candidate or attacking his or her opponent. We combined that spending, using data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The chart is below, showing only the candidates that won. A table of the various dollar amounts spent on the races follows.


On the table below, bold numbers indicate spending against the candidate.

Jolly (FL) Georgia Ernst (IA) Simpson (ID) McConnell (KY) Cochran (MS)
Establishment
60 Plus $10,500
American Crossroads $471,010
Chamber of Commerce $1,200,000 $1,556,335 $523,082 $725,000 $1,012,650 $1,200,000
Natl Assoc of Realtors $299,197 $782,144
NRA $136,742 $285,734 $101,397 $9,946
Outside
Citizens United $57,670 $405,262
Club for Growth $506,223 $3,157,388
FreedomWorks $36,335 $302,761 $452,299
Senate Conservatives $25,671 $11,118 $470,192 $270,364
Tea Party Patriots $3,855 $56,000 $811,205
Tillis (NC) Sasse (NE) Lankford (OK) Ratcliffe (TX) Cornyn (TX) Sessions (TX)
Establishment
60 Plus $247,529
American Crossroads $1,354,794
Chamber of Commerce $450,000
Natl Assoc of Realtors $2,600 $211,514
NRA $119,060 $19,836
Outside
Citizens United $251,550
Club for Growth $493,167 $56,247
FreedomWorks $117,040 $78,782 $28,209 $22,244
Senate Conservatives $711,123 $356,665 $38,148
Tea Party Patriots $43,109 $21,501 $5,108

Image credits: Cochran, AP. Cornyn, AP. Ernst, AP. Jolly, AP. Kingston, AP. Lankford, Reuters. McConnell, AP. Perdue, AP. Ratcliffe, Reuters. Sasse, campaign website. Sessions, AP. Simpson, AP. Tillis, AP.

Philip Bump writes about politics for The Fix. He is based in New York City.
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