View Full Version : Midterms: the House: the Republican blame game begins

David G
10-15-2018, 10:20 AM
It's still too early to predict, and polling is never perfect. But spending behaviors by both sides do offer some clues.

One question for those familiar with campaign financing - the R's are gonna borrow to pay for advertising commitments, because their candidate's fundraising has been feeble. Is borrowing by the national parties normal?


NEW YORK (AP) -- Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority.
The party's candidates may not go quietly, but from the Arizona mountains to suburban Denver to the cornfields of Iowa, the GOP's most powerful players this midterm season are actively shifting resources away from vulnerable Republican House candidates deemed too far gone and toward those thought to have a better chance of political survival.
And as they initiate a painful and strategic triage, the early Republican-on-Republican blame game has begun as well...

10-15-2018, 10:29 AM
"Deficits don't matter." I wonder how that plays when it's the GOP rather than the American taxpayer who is on the hook for it.

Tom Montgomery
10-15-2018, 10:44 AM
From the link in the op:

As of Friday, the National Republican Congressional Committee has spent or reserved $44.8 million of television advertising in competitive House races since the end of July, according to spending records obtained by The Associated Press. That's significantly less than the $62 million promised in last month's memo.

A committee spokesman explained it would meet the original spending projection by including polling and online advertising, which is more difficult to track. Meanwhile, the Republican committee is expected to take out a sizable loan to help meet its commitments.

A separate memo, circulated to donors in recent days by the super PAC associated with [Paul] Ryan, noted that it's been forced to carry the bulk of this year's financial burden given weak fundraising by the Republican candidates themselves.

Of more than 30 races considered pure toss-ups, the memo states, Ryan's super PAC is the sole spender in 14.

"The GOP is now facing a green wave," wrote Corry Bliss, who leads the group, known as the Congressional Leadership Fund. "Democratic candidates are outspending Republican candidates in key races by $50 million."

Indeed, Democratic candidates have outspent their Republican counterparts $116 million to $66 million across almost 80 competitive House districts since July, according to Friday's spending records. The Congressional Leadership Fund has helped make up the difference, having invested $93 million over the same period, backed by massive donations from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.

"This is going to be a devastating election for Republicans across the ballot," said Republican strategist Terry Sullivan, who called the party's fundraising issues a symptom of the GOP's broader challenge this fall.

"Republican donors are smart folks," he said. "They're not going to give money to a losing cause."