Our Country Deserves Better (teapartyexpress.org)

Our Country Deserves Better (teapartyexpress.org) has reported spending a total of $2,377,055 on independent campaigning through October 2010, with 100% benefiting Republican candidates. Back to group list.

Our Country Deserves Better is the political advocacy committee of the Tea Party Express and one of the main backers of Tea Party candidates. The group was founded in 2008 to oppose President Obama's candidacy and grew in size after his election. In August 2009, it launched a bus tour called the Tea Party Express with rallies across the country.

Race Week before election Two weeks before election Three weeks before election 2010 Total
Nevada Senate
Opposing Scott Ashjian (3)
Opposing Harry Reid (D)
Supporting Sharron E. Angle (R)
$45,770 $4,070 $47,269 $950,328
Alaska Senate
Opposing Lisa Murkowski (I)
Supporting Joe Miller (R)
$45,813 $11,345 $1,726 $662,787
Massachusetts Senate
Supporting Scott P. Brown (R)
$0 $0 $0 $347,671
Delaware Senate
Opposing Chris Coons (D)
Opposing Michael N. Castle (R)
Supporting Christine O'Donnell (R)
$0 $1,860 $0 $250,482
Michigan's 1st district
Opposing Bart Stupak (D)
$0 $0 $0 $69,482
Idaho's 1st district
Opposing Walt Minnick (D)
Supporting Raul Labrador (R)
$59,350 $0 $0 $59,350
Utah Senate
Opposing Tim Bridgewater (R)
Supporting Mike Lee (R)
$0 $0 $0 $30,000
Massachusetts's 4th district
Opposing Barney Frank (D)
$4,000 $1,750 $0 $5,750
California Senate
Opposing Barbara Boxer (D)
$0 $1,205 $0 $1,205
SOURCES: Federal Election Commission filings; Washington Post research

NOTE: Totals represent spending in calendar year 2010 and will change as new filings are made or information is amended. Data includes "electioneering communication" and electronically-filed "independent expenditure" spending reported to the Federal Election Commission. Spending on "issue ads" targeting candidates will not be included if it is more than 30 days before a primary or more than 60 days before the general election. "Weeks on list" shows the total number of weeks that a group or race has been in the top ten throughout the year.

By T.W. Farnam and Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso -- The Washington Post