Skip to comments.Cantor Spends Big While Brat Hammers Immigration Issue
Posted on 06/02/2014 9:36:56 AM PDT by cotton1706
New filings showed Majority Leader Eric Cantor spent about $1 million in the seven weeks between April 1 and May 21 against a long-shot primary challenger, Randolph-Macon economics professor David Brat, while Brat continued to hammer Cantor on the immigration issue with a new web ad featuring a photograph of Cantor and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Cantor has spent a total of $1.9 million on his reelection campaign, according to Federal Election Commission filings. That's a vast amount of money for running against a political neophyte primary challenger with virtually no resources of his own, but Cantor is known for pushing hard in every campaign. In 2012, when he faced a less credible challenger, Cantor had spent $1.5 million up to this point in the campaign.
There are a few key differences this time. In 2012, Cantor did not run negative television advertisements against Floyd Bayne, who he went on to beat by a 80-20 margin.
Also, in 2012, very little of his spendingless than $250,000 out of $1.5 millionwas for media related to his re-election campaign. Most of the money was spent on travel and lodging outside the district, events, fundraising, and personnel. In 2014, that ratio is dramatically different. More than half of the $1 million Cantor has spent since April 1 has been on local media expenditures.
The American Chemistry Council, also recently launched a $300,000 independent expenditure for television ads in support of Cantor. It's rare for the trade association to wade into primary campaigns.
Brat, who has spent a mere $123,000 since January 1, is out with a new web-based ad that features Cantor arm-in-arm with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, a leading financial supporter of amnesty efforts.
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“Establishment modus operandi: build a warchest to scare off challengers, then if somebody actually has the effrontery to challenge them anyway, overwhelm them with said warchest.”
Exactly—Juan McCain used that m.o. with wild abandon. And so we’ve been stuck with the old nut job for another term.