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Schumer’s Senate Majority PAC Swoops In To Bail Out Red State Dems

- July 17, 2018

Red State Democrats Are Relying On Millions In Dark Money They've "Decried" From Schumer's Liberal Friends And Hollywood Elite


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Senate Majority PAC is a liberal political action organization run by a "close confidant" of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and "founded by experienced, aggressive Democratic strategists" whose goal is to "elect Democratic Senators."
  • Schumer touts progressive policy positions similar to those of Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
  • SMP's biggest donors include liberal stalwarts such as George Soros, Haim Saban, and Seth MacFarlane.
    • Soros is a "liberal mega donor" who has "poured much of his fortune into promoting liberal values around the globe."
    • Saban is "one of the Clintons' top-tier supporters" and has given somewhere between $10 and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.
    • MacFarlane is a self-proclaimed liberal, whose rhetoric has included disgusting language about President Trump.
  • SMP has already spent more than $24 million on behalf of red state Democrat Senators and recently announced they will spend an additional $80 million in advertising during the fall in nine states.
  • Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said she is "a moderate and I'm not going to apologize for that" and has called for voters to ignore ads paid for by outside spending "even if it's supposed to be helping me."
    • According to the Federal Election Commission, SMP has spent at least $6,578,014.30 funding ads supporting McCaskill.
  • Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has claimed his "brand is very independent" and said he is troubled by the "unprecedented flood of money to sway elections" since the Citizens United ruling.
    • According to the Federal Election Commission, SMP has spent at least $3,299,681.30 funding ads supporting Manchin.
  • Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has claimed he is "one of those moderate Democrats" and has said "the undisclosed, unlimited money that's now influencing political campaigns is corrupting our democracy."
    • According to the Federal Election Commission, SMP has spent at least $6,041,295.76 funding ads supporting Nelson.
  • Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) has claimed he works "for Hoosiers, not for…any political party" and says his constituents see "outside groups with unknown donors spend enormous amounts of money to influence their elections and feel their voices are drowned out."
    • According to the Federal Election Commission, SMP has spent at least $4,329,047.81 funding ads supporting Donnelly.
  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said that "no matter how much secret money these special interests spend, Tammy will continue doing right by Wisconsinites and work to reduce the influence of special interest money in our government and our elections."
    • According to the Federal Election Commission, SMP has spent at least $1,033,219.95 funding ads supporting Baldwin.
  • Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) has said "outside dark money groups are already flooding Montana with millions of dollars trying to buy this election."
    • According to the Federal Election Commission, SMP has spent at least $1,488,173.04 funding ads supporting Tester.
  • Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) claims that she does not "let partisanship come before common sense" and says "North Dakotans have no idea who is spending millions on radio, TV, and direct mail campaigns that try to sway our opinions."
    • According to the Federal Election Commission, SMP has spent at least $1,313,799.69 funding ads supporting Heitkamp.

SENATE MAJORITY PAC IS CHUCK SCHUMER'S LIBERAL CAMPAIGN ARM

Senate Majority PAC Is Run By Allies Of New York Liberal Chuck Schumer

Senate Majority PAC (SMP) Is A Political Organization Aligned With Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Focused On Electing Democrats To The Senate. "The Senate Majority PAC, a group aligned with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to elect Democrats to the U.S. Senate, released its first television ad on behalf of Nelson on Monday." (Alex Daugherty, "Scott Blitzes Florida With TV Ads. Nelson Holds Off. That's How Scott Won Last Time." The Miami Herald , 5/21/18)

  • SMP Was "Founded By Experienced, Aggressive Democratic Strategists With One Mission: To Win Senate Races." "Senate Majority PAC was founded by experienced, aggressive Democratic strategists with one mission: To win Senate races." ("Our Mission," Senate Majority PAC , Accessed 6/28/28)

J.B. Poersch, A "Confidant" Of Schumer, Serves As The President Of SMP. "J.B. Poersch, a confidant of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), has been tapped to lead Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC that fundraises to help Democrats win control of the Senate. Now, as the super PAC's president, Poersch faces an uphill battle against Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections." (Megan R. Wilson, "Senate Majority PAC Names Schumer Ally As New Leader," The Hill , 3/6/17)

  • Poersch Previously Served As Executive Director Of The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) From 2005 To 2010. "Poersch became close with Schumer while he served as the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) from 2005 to 2010, when the New York senator chaired the committee." (Megan R. Wilson, "Senate Majority PAC Names Schumer Ally As New Leader," The Hill , 3/6/17)

Schumer Has Touted "Staples From The Sanders And Warren Wing Of The Party" Including Debt-Free College, A Higher Minimum Wage, A "Bolder" Stance On Trade, And A Tougher Stance On The Influence Of Lobbyists And Special Interests. "Schumer explained that includes staples from the Sanders and Warren wing of the party ― debt-free college, at least some of the free college that was so mocked by the Clinton campaign, a higher minimum wage, a 'bolder' stance on trade, a tougher stance on the 'rigged' system of lobbyists and special interests, and major investments in infrastructure, among other ideas." (Michael McAuliff, "Chuck Schumer Is All In On Bernie Sanders' Democratic Party," The Huffington Post , 11/19/16)

  • Schumer: "Bernie And I Think Alike." "'On economic issues in particular, a strong, bold economic message wins,' Schumer said. 'Bernie and I think alike on these issues and always have,' he said, adding that Warren and Sanders both backed him when he first announced his intent to replace retiring Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)." (Michael McAuliff, "Chuck Schumer Is All In On Bernie Sanders' Democratic Party," The Huffington Post , 11/19/16)
  • Schumer: Democrats Need A "More Progressive Economic Message." "'When you lose an election the way we did, you don't flinch, you don't look away. You look it in the eye and say 'What did we do wrong?' said Schumer, who also had a significant role in Democrats' 2016 calculations. 'To me, overwhelmingly, we did not have a strong economic message. What we need is a sharper, bolder, stronger, more progressive economic message.'" (Michael McAuliff, "Chuck Schumer Is All In On Bernie Sanders' Democratic Party," The Huffington Post , 11/19/16)

Schumer Supported Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) For DNC Chair. "Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to be the incoming Senate minority leader, has thrown his support behind Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee." (John Wagner and Mike DeBonis, "Schumer Throws His Support Behind Keith Ellison For DNC Chairman," The Washington Post , 11/11/16)

  • Ellison's Bid For DNC Chair Drew Progressive Support, Most Notably That Of Sanders. "The backing provides a major boost to the expected candidacy of Ellison, who has the support of several liberal lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and an array of progressive advocacy groups." (John Wagner and Mike DeBonis, "Schumer Throws His Support Behind Keith Ellison For DNC Chairman," The Washington Post , 11/11/16)

SENATE MAJORITY PAC IS FUNDED BY RICH LIBERAL DONORS AND EMPLOYS LIBERAL ORGANIZATIONS

Senate Majority PAC's Donor Base Is Made Up Of Well-Moneyed Liberal Elites

George Soros Has Donated $1 Million To SMP This Cycle. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • Soros Is A "Liberal Megadonor." "For Gillum, the largest checks have come from Soros, the liberal megadonor and hedge fund manager, followed by Stephen Silberstein, a California millionaire who contributes to left-of-center causes." (Mary Ellen Klas and Emily L. Mahoney, "Follow The Trail Of Big Bucks," The Tampa Bay Times, 6/25/18)
  • Soros Has "Poured Much Of His Fortune Into Promoting Liberal Values Around The Globe." "The 87-year-old Holocaust survivor, who has poured much of his fortune into promoting liberal values around the globe, is now confronting a wave of nationalist sentiment washing against issues he has championed." (Michael Kranish, "'I Must Be Doing Something Right': Billionaire George Soros Faces Renewed Attacks With Defiance," The Washington Post , 6/9/18)
  • Soros Has Given Billions Of Dollars To Groups Promoting Human Rights, Democracy, And Liberal Causes. "The Hungarian-born Soros, who became one of the world's wealthiest people by managing hedge funds and betting on currency changes, has given away billions of dollars to groups promoting human rights, democracy and liberal causes." (Michael Kranish, "'I Must Be Doing Something Right': Billionaire George Soros Faces Renewed Attacks With Defiance," The Washington Post , 6/9/18)
  • Soros' Foundation, Open Society, Spends $150 Million A Year Financing Groups Including Planned Parenthood And The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). "His New York-based Open Society Foundations now spends $940 million a year in 100 countries, promoting values such as free speech and free elections, according to the group. In the United States, the Open Society spends $150 million a year financing groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood." (Michael Kranish, "'I Must Be Doing Something Right': Billionaire George Soros Faces Renewed Attacks With Defiance," The Washington Post , 6/9/18)
  • Soros And The Many NGOs He Funds Have Become "The Face Of Western Efforts To Impose A Political And Socially Liberal Agenda" On Central And Eastern European Countries. "To many people, the foreign N.G.O.s, including the many organizations financed by Mr. Soros, the liberal American billionaire who has spent more than $12 billion on his Open Society Foundations, became the face of Western efforts to impose a political and socially liberal agenda many Central and Eastern Europeans regarded as decadent and threatening." ("The East Europeans And George Soros," The New York Times, 3/7/17)

Haim Saban Has Donated $1 Million To SMP This Cycle. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • Cheryl And Haim Saban And The Saban Family Foundation Have Contributed Anywhere Between Ten And Twenty-Five Million Dollars To The Clinton Foundation As Of September 2017 . ("Contributor And Grantor Information," The Clinton Foundation , Accessed 7/17/18)

  • Saban, "One Of The Clintons' Top-Tier Supporters," Is The Billionaire Chairman And Part Owner Of Univision. "But there is only one Haim Saban. Known for two decades to be one of the Clintons' top-tier supporters and a close personal friend, the billionaire chairman and part owner of Univision who brought Power Rangers to the United States has emerged in 2016 as all of the above, according to the clear picture painted by the hacked emails of campaign Chairman John Podesta published by WikiLeaks in recent weeks." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Team Clinton's Favorite Billionaire," Politico , 11/4/16)
  • Saban Influenced Top Clinton Campaign Officials To Attack Trump's Rhetoric On Immigration And To Begin Targeting The Hispanic Community More Directly In The 2016 Election. "Not only have he and his wife lavished $10 million on a ­pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC, but Saban is also majority owner and chairman of Univision, which runs the country's most-watched Spanish-language television network and reaches a large share of a key voting bloc. So when Saban asked last year to speak to top campaign officials, shortly after Donald Trump had described Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers in his presidential announcement speech, he immediately got their attention. 'Haim thinks we are under reacting to Trump/Hispanics,' campaign chairman John Podesta wrote to top campaign aides after speaking with Saban, according to hacked emails posted by WikiLeaks." (Matea Gold And Rosalind S. Helderman, "Univision Chair, A Clinton Donor, Urged Campaign To Hit Trump On Immigration," The Washington Post , 10/10/16)

Seth MacFarlane Has Donated $2 Million To SMP This Cycle. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • MacFarlane Is A Self Proclaimed Liberal. (Seth MacFarlane, Twitter Feed , 1/31/18)

  • MacFarlane Tweeted "Donald Trump Just Knifed A Black Nun In The Chest While Peeing On A Starving Kitten!" (Seth MacFarlane, Twitter Feed , 9/30/16)

  • MacFarlane Said He Was "Embarrassed" To Work For Fox News' Parent Company Because Of Their "Sympathetic Coverage" Of The Trump Administration's Family Separation Policy. "Seth MacFarlane said he is 'embarrassed' to work for Fox News's parent company, and it turns out a lot of his Hollywood peers are too. MacFarlane - the creator and star of Fox's 'The Orville' and its long-running animated comedy 'Family Guy' - is part of a growing number of Fox-affiliated entertainers condemning Fox News amid outcry over the network's sympathetic coverage of the Trump administration's highly criticized policy of separating immigrant families." (Bethonie Butler, "Seth Macfarlane Is 'Embarrassed' By Fox News Immigration Coverage - And Other Fox Stars Are Protesting Too," The Washington Post , 6/19/18)
  • MacFarlane Hosted A Fundraiser For Sanders In 2015. "Fresh from his strong performance at the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd at Hollywood's historic Avalon nightclub, where hundreds of people lined up for the $25-per-ticket fundraiser hosted by Seth MacFarlane." (Tina Daunt, "Seth Macfarlane Rallies Hundreds Of Bernie Sanders Supporters At Hollywood Fundraiser," The Hollywood Reporter , 10/14/15)

SMP Pays Liberal-Leaning Fundraisers And Companies To Do Their Work

To Date, SMP Has Paid Anne Lewis Strategies $1,329,996.22 This Cycle. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • Anne Lewis Strategies Is Employed By Groups Such As Kirsten Gillibrand For Senate And The Environmental Working Group. ("Case Studies," Anne Lewis Strategies, Accessed 6/28/18)

  • Anne Lewis Strategies Is A Democratic Fundraising Firm. "Anne Lewis is CEO of Anne Lewis Strategies, a Democratic fundraising firm with clients in both the political and nonprofit world." (Sean J. Miller, "Movers & Shakers: Anne Lewis," Campaigns & Elections , 7/9/14)

To Date, SMP Has Paid Perkins Coie, LLP $488,056.51 This Cycle. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • Perkins Coie Is The Long Time Law Firm Of The Democratic Party, Responsible For Funding The Russia Dossier On Trump On Behalf Of The Democrats. "Sometime around May 2016, according to the New York Times, the longtime law firm for the Democratic Party, Perkins Coie, engaged the private research firm Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on Donald Trump. While it had been reported that, first, a GOP rival to Trump and, then, someone acting on behalf of Clinton had funded the dossier, it wasn't until October that Perkins Coie admitted its role in funding the dossier on the Democrats' behalf." (Marcy Wheeler, "Democrats Embraced A Flawed Dossier-And Gave Republicans An Opening," Politico , 2/1/18)

To Date, SMP Has Paid The Majority Institute $629,532.25 This Cycle. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/17/18)

  • The Majority Institute Is A Research And Strategy Group That "Works With The Nation's Leading Progressive Actors." "The Majority Institute (TMI) is a research and strategy hub established to understand the voters, values, issues and electoral priorities across the country. Today, TMI works with the nation's leading progressive actors to ensure that they are armed with a comprehensive set of tools and products that turn research into action." ("What We Do," The Majority Institute , Accessed 7/17/18)

To Date, SMP Has Given $651,806 To Priorities USA Action This Cycle. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • Priorities USA Is A "Progressive Advocacy Organization." "Priorities USA is a voter-centric progressive advocacy organization and service center for the grassroots progressive movement." ("Priorities USA," Ballotpedia , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • Priorities USA Action Raised Nearly $26.00 Million In Support Of Hillary Clinton In 2016. "Priorities USA Action, which raised nearly $200 million supporting Hillary Clinton's presidential bid in 2016, is ramping up again with new hires and a new headquarters ahead of the 2018 election season." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Priorities USA Hires Up Ahead Of 2018," Politico , 6/5/17)

To Date, SMP Has Given $346,475 To VoteVets This Cycle. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)

  • VoteVets Is "A Democratic Group That Boosts Progressive Veterans To Congress." "'There's no better people to lead the blue wave than these progressive female vets who are running because they don't like the direction of the country,' Jon Stoltz, an Iraq War veteran and co-founder of VoteVets.org - a Democratic group that boosts progressive veterans to Congress - said in an interview." (Emily C. Singer, "Female Veterans Could Be Key In Democrats' Quest To Win The House," Mic , 7/2/18)

SMP Has Supported "Progressive Champion" Senator Elizabeth Warren To The Tune Of $300,000

In 2012, SMP Spent $300,000 In Independent Expenditures In Support of Warren. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)

Warren Is A "Progressive Champion." "'They have it wrong this time,' she said, weeks after Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the progressive champion from Massachusetts, took the unusual step of backing a candidate in Virginia's Democratic primary." (Fenit Nirappil and Karen Tumulty, "To Shake Up The Democratic Party, Progressives Turn To A Primary Race In Virginia," The Washington Post , 5/30/17)

Warren Called For The Replacement Of ICE. "And on Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for 'replacing ICE' while tearing into the administration's 'ugly' immigration practices. 'The president's deeply immoral actions have made it obvious we need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and that works,' she said at a rally in Boston." (Alexander Bolton, "Abolishing ICE Becomes Dem Litmus Test," The Hill , 6/30/18)

Warren Co-Sponsored Sanders' "Medicare For All" Bill. "Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Thursday she is co-sponsoring Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) 'Medicare for all bill,' the latest Democrat to back a signature Sanders campaign issue." (Rebecca Savransky, "Warren Co-Sponsoring Sanders's 'Medicare For All Bill,'" The Hill , 9/7/17)

SO-CALLED "MODERATE" RED STATE DEMOCRATS ARE RECEIVING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF SUPPORT FROM SENATE MAJORITY PAC

In An Effort To Prop Up Vulnerable Senate Democrats Running For Reelection, SMP Is Investing Millions Of Dollars In Races Across The Country

As Of The June Monthly FEC Filing, SMP Has Raised $56.6 Million This Election Cycle. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

As Of The June Monthly FEC Filing, To Date, SMP Has Spent Just Over $29 Million This Election Cycle. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

In "Its First Wave Of Fall Reservations," SMP Plans To Spend An Additional $80 Million On TV Ad Buys In Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, And West Virginia Following Labor Day. "The top Senate Democratic super PAC plans to spend about $80 million to reserve fall airtime for television commercials in nine battleground states, a sizable early investment in pursuit of winning control of the Senate. Senate Majority PAC will soon secure post-Labor Day airtime in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia, the group told The Washington Post. The spending represents its first wave of fall reservations, officials said." (Sean Sullivan, "Top Senate Democratic Super PAC To Make $80 Million Fall TV Investment In Nine Battleground States," The Washington Post , 6/11/18)

Democrats And SMP Are Most Worried About Losing Senate Seats In Florida, Indiana, Missouri, And North Dakota. "Schumer said in a recent interview with The Post that the number of Democratic seats up for grabs has narrowed to four. He declined to identify them. Democrats working to win the majority have concluded that the four most worrisome states they have to defend are Florida, Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota." (Sean Sullivan, "Top Senate Democratic Super PAC To Make $80 Million Fall TV Investment In Nine Battleground States," The Washington Post , 6/11/18)

Senate Majority Has Spent Over $24 Million For Red State Democrats, Despite Their Reputations Of Being "Moderate" Lawmakers

As Of The June FEC Report, SMP Had Spent $1,420,860.13 In Support Of Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • During An NPR Interview, McCaskill Said She Is "A Moderate And I'm Not Going To Apologize For That." SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D-MO): "Yeah. I'm sure there's many issues that I would agree with this woman about, but I'm sure there's many that this new woman who won last night I would disagree with. I'm a moderate, and I'm not going to apologize for that." (NPR's " Morning Edition ," 6/27/18)
  • McCaskill Has Called For Her Constituents To Ignore Dark Money Advertisements During This Cycle, Saying "Even If It's Supposed To Be Helping Me, I Want You To Ignore It." "She warned attendees at her Parkville town hall last week that dark money groups on both sides would spend 'probably close to $100 million' over the next 18 months, and she encouraged people to ignore their advertising entirely. 'I don't care if it's an ad paid for by 'We Love America' or 'We Hate Taxes' or 'Motherhood and Apple Pie.' I don't care if the ad is telling you I'm the best thing since sliced bread. I don't care if the ad is for me or against me. If it doesn't say paid for by either Claire McCaskill or the name of the Republican nominee and 'I approved this message,' ignore it all. Don't pay attention to any of it. Even if it's supposed to be helping me, I want you to ignore it.'" (Bryan Lowry, "Dark Money Group Launches Ad Campaign Supporting McCaskill Days After She Pans Dark Money," The Kansas City Star , 4/19/17)
  • McCaskill Has Voted With The Democratic Party 83.9 Percent Of The Time During The 115th Congress. ("Clair McCaskill," Propublica , Accessed 7/16/18)

As Of The June FEC Report, SMP Had Spent $2,600,416.89 In Opposition To McCaskill's Opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $12,679.51 In Opposition To Hawley On June 1, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $25,646.41 In Opposition To Hawley On June 8, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $1,112,582.00 In Opposition To Hawley On June 8, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $882,063.36 In Opposition To Hawley On June 27, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $523,766.00 In Opposition To Hawley On July 11, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)

As Of The June FEC Report, SMP Had Spent $2,559,151.51 In Support Of Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Has Spent $75,000.00 In Support Of Manchin On July 10, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)
  • Manchin Has Claimed That His "Brand Is Very Independent" And He Is "Going To Put West Virginia And My Country Ahead Of My Party." SENATOR JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): "Well, I feel good in my state. I`ve been in my state all my life, born and raised here, and I`ve been in public office for quite some time in different capacities, most recently as governor before U.S. senator. So, I think the people know me. My brand is very independent, and my brand is all about West Virginia. And you have to be, whether you`re a Democrat or Republican, you have to be who you are for the state you represent, and I think people know that I`m going to put West Virginia and my country ahead of my party." (NBC's "Meet The Press,"12/17/17)
  • Manchin Said The "People Of West Virginia Are Also Deeply Troubled By The Increasing Role That Money Is Playing In Our Politics" And We Have Seen An "Unprecedented Flood Of Money To Sway Elections" Since The Citizens United Ruling. "I try to spend time in my great state of West Virginia every weekend, and I can tell you that the people of West Virginia are also deeply troubled by the increasing role that money is playing in our politics. Ever since the Supreme Court's decision on the Citizens United campaign finance case, we have seen outside groups unleash an unprecedented flood of money to sway elections - and we've seen it time and again in West Virginia over the past several years." (Press Release, "Manchin: We Need To Change The Campaign Finance System," Senator Joe Manchin , 7/17/12)
  • Manchin Has Voted With The Democratic Party 71.2 Percent Of The Time During The 115th Congress. ("Joe Manchin," Propublica , Accessed 7/16/18)

According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Has Spent $485,531.00 In Opposition To Manchin's Opponent, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, On June 30, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)

  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Has Spent $104,998.79 In Opposition To Morrisey On July 3, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Has Spent $75,000.00 In Opposition To Morrisey On July 10, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)

As Of The June FEC Report, SMP Had Spent $2,254,174.20 In Support Of Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $1,120,996.59 In Support Of Nelson On June 21, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $2,615,436.25 In Support Of Nelson On July 12, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)
  • During An Interview, Nelson Claimed "I'm One Of Those Moderate Democrats." SENATOR BILL NELSON (D-FL): "Well, I'm one of those moderate Democrats." (Fox News' "America's Newsroom," 3/23/09)
  • Nelson Said "The Supreme Court's Decision In Citizens United Opened The Floodgates To Dark Money In Campaigns" And "The Undisclosed, Unlimited Money That's Now Influencing Political Campaigns Is Corrupting Our Democracy." "'The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates to dark money in campaigns. The undisclosed, unlimited money that's now influencing political campaigns is corrupting our democracy. The American people have a right to know who they are voting for - not just whose name is on the ballot, but who is financing the candidate. And I believe Congress has a moral obligation to correct what has happened to corrupt our system,' said Nelson." (Press Release, "End Citizens United Endorses Senator Bill Nelson For Re-Election," End Citizens United , 7/6/17)
  • Nelson Has Voted With The Democratic Party 87.7 Percent Of The Time During The 115th Congress. ("Bill Nelson," Propublica , Accessed 7/16/18)

As Of The June FEC Report, SMP Had Spent $40,000.00 In Opposition To Nelson's Opponent, Florida Governor Rick Scott. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $10,688.72 In Opposition To Scott On June 14, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

As Of The June FEC Report, SMP Had Spent $2,050,029.51 In Support Of Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $183,123.97 In Support Of Donnelly On June 19, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $150,762.80 In Support Of Donnelly On July 6, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)
  • Donnelly Claims That He Works "For Hoosiers, Not For President Trump Or Any Political Party." "'I work for Hoosiers, not President Trump or any political party,' he often said to me, echoing fellow Indiana delegation members like Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican who has also been careful to keep daylight between himself and the president." (Adam Wren, "The Loneliest Democrat In Trump County," Politico , 12/5/17)
  • Donnelly Once Asserted "Hoosiers See Outside Groups With Unknown Donors Spend Enormous Amounts Of Money To Influence Their Elections And Feel Their Voices Are Drowned Out." ("2018 Senate Questionnaire," End Citizens United , Accessed 7/14/18)

  • Donnelly Has Voted With The Democratic Party 71.5 Percent Of The Time During The 115th Congress. ("Joe Donnelly," Propublica , Accessed 7/16/18)

As Of The June FEC Report, SMP Had Spent $579,946.15 In Opposition To Donnelly's Opponent, Former State Representative Mike Braun. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $820,077.55 In Opposition To Braun On June 5, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $318,963.63 In Opposition To Braun On June 20, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $226,144.20 In Opposition To Braun On July 6, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)

As Of The June FEC Report, SMP Had Spent $1,033,219.95 In Support Of Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • On Her Campaign Website, Baldwin Says That "No Matter How Much Secret Money These Special Interests Spend, Tammy Will Continue Doing Right By Wisconsinites And Work To Reduce The Influence Of Special Interest Money In Our Government And Our Elections." "No matter how much secret money these special interests spend, Tammy will continue doing right by Wisconsinites and work to reduce the influence of special interest money in our government and our elections." ("Taking On Special Interests," Senator Tammy Baldwin , Accessed 7/16/18)
  • Baldwin Has Voted With The Democratic Party 95 Percent Of The Time During The 115th Congress. ("Tammy Baldwin," Propublica , Accessed 7/16/18)

As Of The June FEC Report, SMP Had Spent $607,280.43 In Support Of Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • In An Interview, Tester Claims That He Look At All Issues "Not Because I'm A Moderate," But Of How It Impacts "America As A Whole." "'That's a possibility,' he said. 'I'm going to look at the policy and see how it works for Montana and the country. There are certain things that we may be able to support that others Democrats don't. ...I'm going to look at every issue, not because I'm a moderate, or from Montana, but rather how it impacts rural America and how it impacts America as a whole. ... There will be a tendency for people who are more moderate to get things done." (Press Release, "Tester's New Role In The Minority: Swing Vote That Could Help Move Key Issues," Senator Jon Tester , 11/12/14)
  • In A Press Release, Tester's Campaign Says That "Outside Dark Money Groups Are Already Flooding Montana With Millions Of Dollars Trying To Buy This Election" But "These Special Interest Groups Are No Match For Jon's Grassroots Support In Montana." "'Outside dark money groups are already flooding Montana with millions of dollars trying to buy this election and paint Jon Tester as someone he's not-but these special interest groups are no match for Jon's grassroots support in Montana,' said Christie Roberts, Campaign Manager for Montanans for Tester." (Press Release, "Montanans For Tester Surpasses $2 Million In Fundraising For First Quarter Of 2018," Senator Jon Tester , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • Tester Has Voted With The Democratic Party 81.9 Percent Of The Time During The 115th Congress. ("Jon Tester," Propublica , Accessed 7/16/18)

According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $694,458.61 In Opposition To Tester's Opponent, Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale, On June 14, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $75,000.00 In Opposition To Rosendale On June 20, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $111,434.00 In Opposition To Rosendale On June 28, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)

As Of The June FEC Report, SMP Had Spent $372,090.16 In Support Of Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)

  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $233,471.76 In Support Of Heitkamp On June 9, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $71,364.85 In Support Of Heitkamp On June 12, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $109,016.00 In Support Of Heitkamp On June 19, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $27,416.16 In Support Of Heitkamp On June 22, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $153,818.58 In Support Of Heitkamp On June 23, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 6/28/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $106,800.58 In Support Of Heitkamp On June 23, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)
  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $73,772.83 In Support Of Heitkamp On July 10, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)
  • During An Episode Of Her Podcast Discussing Moderates In The Senate, Heitkamp Claims That She Does Not "Let Partisanship Come Before Common Sense." "'This week on 'The Hotdish' I pick the brains of my friends, Republican Senator Susan Collins from Maine and former Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan from North Dakota. Like me, they never let partisanship come before common sense-and our conversations show that when you sit down, listen, and try to achieve results, you can get things done.'" (Press Release, "Heitkamp Interviews Collins, Dorgan For 'The Hotdish' Podcast On Role Of Moderates In The U.S. Senate," Senator Heidi Heitkamp , 3/14/17)
  • In A March 2017 Op-Ed, Heitkamp Decried That "North Dakotans Have No Idea Who Is Spending Millions On Radio, TV, And Direct Mail Campaigns That Try To Sway Our Opinions" And Noted A Bill She Signed Onto To "Limit The Influence Of Big Money Donors." "The same is true with political ads-to understand them, we need to know who's behind them. But more and more frequently, North Dakotans have no idea who is spending millions on radio, TV, and direct mail campaigns that try to sway our opinions right here in North Dakota. How can we judge the message when we don't know who's behind it? Just last week I signed onto a bill with Senator Jon Tester from Montana to get our politics into the sunlight and limit the influence of big money donors, so North Dakota voters have the transparency they deserve." (Press Release, "Getting Dark Money Out Of Politics With The SUN Act," Senator Heidi Heitkamp , 3/17/17)
  • Heitkamp Has Voted With The Democratic Party 75.9 Percent Of The Time During The 115th Congress. ("Heidi Heitkamp," Propublica , Accessed 7/16/18)

According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $58,907.77 In Opposition To Heitkamp's Opponent, Representative Kevin Cramer, On July 3, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)

  • According To 24/48 Hour FEC Reports, SMP Spent $107,141.00 In Opposition To Cramer On July 10, 2018. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 7/16/18)

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