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)|
|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|
|Club for Growth||$506,223||$3,157,388|
|Tea Party Patriots||$3,855||$56,000||$811,205|
|Tillis (NC)||Sasse (NE)||Lankford (OK)||Ratcliffe (TX)||Cornyn (TX)||Sessions (TX)|
|Chamber of Commerce||$450,000|
|Natl Assoc of Realtors||$2,600||$211,514|
|Club for Growth||$493,167||$56,247|
|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.