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Saturday, February 8, 2014

US Politics and Life Blood Money...The Center for Responsive Politics 2012/2014



The Center for Responsive Politics informs...... via Open Secrets Dot Org


As I read a blog posting from Alan Grayson regarding his re-election campaign for the US House of Representatives, his comments about Koch brothers spending led to thoughts of 2012. In 2012, campaign contributions reflect Barack Obama's defeat of Mitt Romney, and contribution from small donors (like me) carried the campaign contribution win.  
Alan Grayson

The Koch Brothers are already spending a fortune running dirty ads in my district attacking me.

Americans for Prosperity intensifies pressure on congressional Democrats by launching another round of TV commercials. Targets this time include .....
All of the special interests want nothing more than to beat us and silence us. The question is, will you let them?

It's only February, and the Koch Brothers are already up on the air, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in attack ads. They are ....


Yes, it appears the Kochs have targeted Florida, just as they target North Carolina. The people of North Carolina are fighting back and in many cases winning. It is critical that high information people (voters) maintain a knowledge stream and knowledge base for sharing with others. 


The Center for Responsive Politics is one of the very best. Money in politics is a  infectious cancer across our democracy with both political parties reaping the benefit of campaign donations. Karl Rove and Koch brothers (cabal) money did not win the 2012 General Election for Mitt Romney. Small donors outpaced large donors and Obama won handily. 


Dark money in 2013 and 2014 is flowing like a melting iceberg' a dangerous melting. Money in US politics is a shameful reality, but it is an existential reality that we must deal with it. I often see and track donation to the Left as well as the Right. While, I certainly see democrats reporting donations, a quick review of their voting records (via Open Congress and Gov Track) allows me recognize the majority of Democrats are not legislating as stooges and tools for American corporatist and plutocrats.


The following is a detailed readout of the 2012 General Election "money-trail" results for Obama and Romney. Remember,  the past is a great predictor of future  behavior in human beings, EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS.

Open Secrets

2012 Presidential Race


Barack Obama (D) 

Mitt Romney (R)
RAISED$715,677,692$446,135,997
SPENT$683,546,548$433,281,516
DEBTS$7,223,153$1,200,000
CASH
(ON HAND)
$5,397,399$12,921,629

OVERALL
SPENDING
(SEE MORE)
BLUE TEAM
$1,107,114,464
RED TEAM
$1,238,090,807

A detailed  breakdown for real numbers geeks.

Source of Funds

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Small Indiv Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
$233,215,440
$489,660,089
Individual contributions$715,150,163
legendPAC contributions$0
legendCandidate self-financing$5,000
legendFederal Funds$0
legendOther$522,529
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Small Indiv. Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
$79,806,091
$366,336,696
Individual contributions$443,363,010
legendPAC contributions$1,076,496
legendCandidate self-financing$52,500
legendFederal Funds$0
legendOther$1,643,991

Top Contributors

Barack Obama (D)
1University of California$1,212,245
2Microsoft Corp$814,645
3Google Inc$801,770
4US Government$728,647
5Harvard University$668,368
Mitt Romney (R)
1Goldman Sachs$1,033,204
2Bank of America$1,013,402
3Morgan Stanley$911,305
4JPMorgan Chase & Co$834,096
5Wells Fargo$677,076

NOTE: The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.


Top States

Barack Obama (D)
California$62,759,989
New York$36,982,096
Illinois$17,847,698
Massachusetts$17,315,441
Texas$15,240,394
Mitt Romney (R)
California$41,290,366
Texas$36,364,691
Florida$31,101,749
New York$24,670,565
Virginia$13,901,197

Sector Totals

Barack Obama (D)
transparent
Agribusiness$2,067,055
Communications/ Electronics$20,723,578
Construction$4,172,690
Defense$1,141,130
Energy & Natural Resources$2,410,062
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate$20,431,321
Health$18,914,849
Lawyers & Lobbyists$27,959,192
Transportation$1,378,606
Misc Business$22,598,697
Labor$494,094
Ideological/ Single-Issue$17,276,836
Other$91,795,660
Mitt Romney (R)
Agribusiness$7,409,733
Communications/ Electronics$7,518,745
Construction$9,734,459
Defense$1,365,334
Energy & Natural Resources$9,788,922
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate$58,902,452
Health$18,692,033
Lawyers & Lobbyists$15,791,881
Transportation$5,803,510
Misc Business$29,090,785
Labor$4,250
Ideological/ Single-Issue$10,522,878
Other$72,942,064

Top Industries

Barack Obama (D)
Retired$54,522,578
Lawyers/Law Firms$27,533,147
Education$21,615,820
Health Professionals$10,456,340
Business Services$8,646,106
Mitt Romney (R)
Retired$64,727,865
Securities & Investment$21,525,657
Real Estate$14,895,300
Lawyers/Law Firms$14,285,200
Health Professionals$12,598,997



Spending Related to Presidential Race 

   Blue Team
Candidate Spending$683,546,548
National Party Spending$292,264,802
Outside Spending$131,303,114
Total$1,107,114,464
   Red Team
Candidate Spending$433,281,516
National Party Spending$386,180,565
Outside Spending$418,628,726
Total$1,238,090,807
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2012 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Monday, March 25, 2013.
("Help! The numbers don't add up...")
The Center for Responsive Politics

Our point and central theme of this screed? A look at 2014 shows donations are trending positive for America's liberals and progressives. But, we have to remain ever-diligent of Koch cabal quick hit contributions that can and will overwhelming consistent donations to progressive politicians (or candidate hopefuls).  We like the analogy "Koch Money Bonzi." When you have billions and access to the contributions of thousand who have billions (and millions), quick hit Bonzi campaign donations are easy to launch and direct. We are already seeing millions spent on attack advertisements that do influence and away the voting public. 

2014 Overview

House

Financial activity for all House candidates, 2013-2014
Democrats: $172,970,709
Republicans: $230,475,846
PartyNo. of CandsTotal RaisedTotal SpentTotal Cash
on Hand
Total
from PACs
Total
from Indivs
All862$403,910,628$219,595,940$329,587,398$148,164,101$218,690,135
Dems381$172,970,709$96,818,260$132,252,337$63,450,122$98,742,822
Repubs467$230,475,846$122,444,766$197,192,094$84,713,979$119,569,181

Senate

Financial activity for all Senate candidates, 2013-2014
Democrats: $107,006,605
Republicans: $79,826,709
PartyNo. of CandsTotal RaisedTotal SpentTotal Cash
on Hand
Total
from PACs
Total
from Indivs
All128$186,909,597$85,496,603$152,145,738$35,852,794$131,363,320
Dems37$107,006,605$53,182,874$75,287,945$20,499,105$81,874,118
Repubs87$79,826,709$32,247,572$76,846,596$15,353,690$49,462,182
Based on data released by the FEC on 01/23/2014.
To view data for previous cycles, visit our Big Picture section.



The American voter will allow the GOP to hold a firm Tea Party grip on the House of OZ. We simply have to avoid allowing the Kochs to takeover the US Senate. If that doomsday scenario happens, the Kochs will become far politically powerful than the President of the United States. That means doom for anyone who earns less than$150,000 per year, doom for minorities, doom for LGBT people, and doom for gender equity. You can rest assured the US geography will become the land of Industrialists who care nothing about climate control and combustion killing emissions.

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