During October, Republicans have taken a decisive spending lead over Democrats in the category of “leadership” political action committees, according to an analysis of the FEC database. Leadership PACs are organizations directly connected to a candidate, but not for that candidate’s own campaign processes – only for helping other candidates. The chart below shows the top 10 leadership PACs, with the number in brackets denoting position changes since Left and Right’s previous analysis of leadership PACs in early October.
Among the list of top 10 leadership PACs, which currently contains 7 Republicans and 3 Democrats, Republicans have spent over 3x’s more (322%) than Democrats. In early October, there was an equal amount of Republicans and Democrats among this list, but now there are 2 fewer Democrats. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Max Baucus (D-MT) were previously in the top 10 and have been replaced with Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina has the top leadership PAC.