Republicans Outspending Democrats 6-to-1
Washington/The Associated Press ~ In one way at least, the fight for control of Congress is grossly one-sided.
Just five weeks from midterm elections, groups allied with the Republican Party and financed in part by corporations and millionaires have amassed a 6-1 advantage in television spending and now are dominating the airwaves in closely contested districts and states across the country.
The firepower on the conservative side comes as some key Democratic-leaning organizations are having unexpected trouble raising money or exciting supporters.
The advertising mismatch, reflected in campaign documents obtained by The Associated Press, is hampering efforts by President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders to sway a shrinking number of undecided voters.
Early voting has already begun in some states, and Republicans are positioned to win a number of House and Senate seats, placing Democratic control of both chambers in jeopardy.
Helped by looser fundraising rules, about two dozen organizations intended to benefit Republicans are active this fall in House and Senate races; fewer than 10 are aimed at helping Democrats.
Ad spending by GOP allies over the past two months has totaled nearly $30 million in 15 states that have competitive Senate or House races; Democratic outside groups have spent less than $5 million.