With election day nearing, I’m breaking my no-Politico link rule because I find Ben Smith’s blog to be a very good source of election information, if you can avoid all the stuff about Sarah Palin’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Here’s an interesting tidbit he got from a Democratic source about outside spending in Senate races:
Republican Third Party Groups — $43,664,661
Democratic Third Party Groups — $6,658,236
Forty-three million out a 150 million total spending in the races (that would be a rough guess for the total) would be a ton. But if the total spending is much higher, then it’s not such a big deal. I’m curious what proportion of the spending here is from these outside groups. I may try to do some calculations if I have times, but remember, my calculator doesn’t go into the billions.