Skip to comments.Republicans Are Overwhelmed By A Sea of Democratic Cash
Posted on 12/29/2013 9:22:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The Minneapolis Star Tribune investigates independent political spending over the last few election cycles. The results are stark, but wont surprise anyone who has been paying attention:
A Star Tribune analysis of campaign finance records found that just three dozen individuals or entities have contributed more than $27 million to political action and independent expenditure committees over the past three election cycles. The analysis shows those donations heavily favored Democrats. Unless that trend is reversed, Republicans could find themselves at a disadvantage heading into the 2014 elections .
One union the powerful Education Minnesota teachers union poured $4.8 million into election efforts, nearly all of it benefiting Democrats. Alida Messinger, a longtime DFL contributor and former wife of Gov. Mark Dayton, donated at least $1.6 million to Democratic political action committees.
Since 2007, Democrats and their supporters consistently raised and distributed more money than their opponents. Even with the 2010 U.S. Supreme Courts Citizens United decision, which allowed businesses to give money directly to political action committees, business interests and Republicans have not kept up.
In the last six years, union contributions dominated donations to state political action committees. State and national unions spent $17 million in Minnesota between 2007 and 2012. Businesses, newly empowered to spend after the Citizens United decision, directly donated about $3 million.
The Strib identifies a handful of major contributors that account for more than half of all independent expenditures in Minnesota. It says that the big money heavily favor[s] the Democrats, but never reports the exact totals. Still, from the numbers the paper does report, the conclusion is obvious. The situation is getting worse, too, as Democratic money dominated the 2012 election even more than prior cycles.
Minnesota might be an extreme case, but there is no doubt that the Democrats alliance of unions and rich people will put Republicans, the party of the middle class, at a financial disadvantage for the foreseeable future.
Use to believe that money did not matter but after the last few election cycles, I’ve come to believe that yes, the electorate is “stupid”! It matters not what their platform is, it matters not whether they are truthful, it only matters if they lie their ass off about what they will do for the folks!
I really think that it has become a matter of principle instead of money buys the votes but what do I know! I don’t have enough money to purchase those votes...
All the money in the world will not persuade someone whose life is ruined by ObamaCare to vote Democrat.
Dream on! Your ideas will be overwhelmed by Soro’s money!
I have been somewhat successful at political fundraising a few times (Polk County GOP and Fred Thompson campaign) and I’d be willing to show others my methods.
Well, I am not doubting your expertise but am questioning the ability of folks to understand that they are being taken over by the left and actually vote against that. They tend to lie much better than you do...
With enough money and the disaster of Obamacare, NSA, Benghazi and the rest, Hillary could be stopped and the senate re-taken.
I rally think we are getting past the point where money buys influence in an presidential election cycle. The county is split so evenly that only a few voters in a few big states decide the outcome. The rest is pretty useless.
The trick is getting those few voters.
A lot of this money comes from Soros, who made it collapsing places like Malaysia.
The electorate is the dumbest collection of sheep you could ever be embarrassed to be stuck with. We need to get our message OUT!!!!!
The government has been for sale for a hundred years.
Wow, enough money! Don’t you think that if the American people were only half awake that they might just throw these folks out of office! Do you really think that might happen?
We now have half of the country that thinks that they should receive benefits just for being born for goodness sakes! How are you going to overcome that? Just how do you place these folks into the work force in the future?
We have reached a precipitous situation, not Democrat vs Republican but takers vs the producers. It has become much more volatile that most think.
Sorry, but don’t really see any way out of this mess...
And the corruption continues! We are the best Government that money can buy regardless of what other countries say.
“Education Minnesota teachers union poured $4.8 million into election efforts, nearly all of it benefiting Democrats.”
I’m sure it was all for the children too.
Not a black person in the group, how white of them to be so diverse.
The most important source of funding is the MSM.
Letterman, the Today Show, CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, the Associated Press, PBS, on and on.
The value of their “contribution” to the Democrat Party is in the billions of dollars, and probably more than $10 billion across a 4 year election cycle.
95% of the work has already been done by the MSM before the unions and wealthy Democrats even show up.
You can’t teach dumb asses about Government, Freedoms, or anything else you know... Their ideas are built into their psyche - from grade school on... It’s one of those leftist things - taught at a very early age and enhanced in college (well almost all leftist universities)...
Sorry, not a messaging problem, but a stupid problem! We generally have about half of the population either stupid or uninformed so take you pick, how are you going to help these folks understand that they are destroying their lives voting for Democrats!
I'll bet she votes, several times per election, actually.
“Woof” if you support Obama for a third term!
They have to hit rock bottom, obviously. Once they hit the point of actually being uncomfortable in their poverty, things have to change for them.
I missed the pooch...sorry!
True, but of course that will be an election too late! Our downfall is occurring very quickly these days and it will not be long before things are out of control.
No problem, the GOP will salvage the situation and declare that we are an open border country and all are welcome! The Democrats will oppose this of course and declare that all are citizens by default! Winner take all!
Probably too late to salvage the rest of society though.
I think this is a propaganda article. In September we heard the DNC is broke.
What, are you claiming that Mit isn't different than Obama?!
Yeah, Romney was confirmation to me that the Republican-party's all talk and has no intention of ever pursuing its stated party planks.
There is whole lot of folks waiting for “something else” to donate to.
I think the GOP is dead and this election is not going to go well unless there is an alternative.
Just an observation of the national mood
and a hint to those who I hope have some good game plans.
Damn tired of waiting.
Saw that coming. Lol.
Please do not send money to general RNC / GOP groups and PACs, as they just use your hard earned money to push their RINOs. Find your conservative candidates and send money directly to their campaigns.
The DNC is still millions in debt from the last election.
Alida Rockefeller Messinger
Alida Ferry Rockefeller (born 1948) is an American philanthropist. She is the youngest daughter of John Davison Rockefeller III (19061978) and Blanchette Ferry Hooker (19091992), and a fourth generation member of the Rockefeller family. Her brother is Senator John Davison “Jay” Rockefeller IV (born 1937).
....if you don’t think some of our tax dollars are not funneled into these donations then your not paying attention.
All the failed “green” giveaways had strings.
Respectfully, montanajoe, the real trick is getting clean elections.
First election had government unions alone donation 400 million to keep their cash cow going on our back. A pox on these punks.
I’d bet a lot of the TARP and stimulus money (that seems to have disappeared) was funneled back to the LIBs/DIMs. Criminals all.
America is in it’s DYING DAYS......the left have DESTROYED it......can’t put the Abortion, Gay crap toothpaste back in the tube....we’ve crossed the Rubicon, Sadly.
“All the money in the world will not persuade someone whose life is ruined by ObamaCare to vote Democrat.”
A liberal doctor told me that he would never vote Republican because of their stand on “women’s health” (abortion) no matter how bad Democrats other policies where. I’d say most Democrats are one issue voters. The issue varies depending on the their demographic. They are 40% of the populace. Republicans are another 40%. All elections are to convince the 11% in the middle to vote for your side.
I received a thank you letter from Dan Bongino, signed in his own hand. A first!. Only individual candidates for me...no matter what state they are in.
It takes a lot of money to buy elections and those who count the votes.
Definately correct. Libs are one issue voters. I was dating a girl who really wanted to vote for Romney but couldn’t because of Saemus-gate. But she COULD vote for the dog eater in chief. Thats the logic in liberal minds.
True, the loan of almost a trillion that Bush gave to banks was paid and you don’t see a deficit reduction from that.
Where did the money go?
The answer is beyond me but we have to figure this out because the future of our country depends on it.
And don't get me started on the idiot professors at the leftie universities....
Well, there are those that will never understand or learn and there are those that teach those to never understand and continue their beliefs. Both the stupid (not to be confused with the uneducated) and the professors that teach this belong in this class. Unfortunately, you can not change these folks views as either they are ingrained or in the instance of the children, taught. It is an unfortunate side effect of our universities, no diversity except that which enhances their own views. This will not change in the future and will eventually cause a huge backlash.
Today I read a blog that made me so mad I want to spit blood. Professors have tricks they use to look smarter than they really are, and this blog looked at them in detail. The one that makes me so angry is called “gutting” books, where you read just enough so you can pretend that you have read the whole thing, without ‘wasting’ your time on reading the whole thing. What a great way to miss everything important. If I caught my son doing that I would tan his hide. I send him to school to get smart, not to learn how to be stupid and lazy.
Link please? Thanks.
Ah, one who questions the facts - good though as I am sure there is an occasional read that is not up to the established problem described. The difference is that you - one of the questioning folks (usually liberals) hate to confront the truth but eventually you have to...
Spitting blood seems to be a conservative problem at this point in time, tomorrow, it might be your problem.
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