While there is an equal number of Republicans and Democrats among the top 10 spending “leadership” political action committees, Republicans have already spent more than double of what the Democrats have spent in 2010. According to an analysis of the FEC database, Republicans have spent $12,577,669 in 2010, as the chart below lists, whereas Democrats have spent $6,150,482. Leadership PACs are organizations directly connected to a candidate, but not for that candidate’s own campaign processes – only for helping other candidates. Senator Jim DeMint, who certainly isn’t worried about his election opponent Alvin Greene, has the most leadership expenses so far, despite being nowhere near the top of the chart for any previous campaign cycle. During October, DeMint’s PAC has already given hundreds of thousands in support to each of Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, and other Tea Party affiliated Senate candidates.