March 26, 2017

Democrats & Republicans Spend More in 2010

With the completion of the 2010 campaigns, campaign finance statistics show an increased amount of spending from both Democratic and Republican candidates in the Senate. In comparison to past midterm cycles, Senate candidates in both parties spent a greater amount on campaigns than any previous election cycle. Republican candidates in the Senate spent a total of $303,570,178 – nearly $60 million more than the previous Republican record established in 2006. On the other hand, Democratic candidates in the Senate spent a total of $288,717,613 – nearly $3 million more than the previous Democratic record established in 2006. As these facts indicate and the chart below shows, Republican candidates in the Senate spent more than Democratic candidates in the Senate.

Meanwhile, statistics of the campaigns in the House of Representatives contrarily shows that Democratic candidates outspent Republican candidates. Democratic candidates in the House of Representatives spent $421,559,821, whereas Republican candidates in the House spent $419,170,255. Additionally, while the total of Democratic candidates in the House is about $30 million more in 2010 than any previous midterm cycle, the total of Republican candidates in the House was not more in 2010 than the amount Republicans spent in 2006, which was $458,671,365. Note that these totals only include expenditures from candidates and exclude expenditures of special-interest groups. The chart below shows the amount raised and spent by the candidates of each party in the House and the Senate.

While Republicans spent more in the Senate, Democrats spent more in the House.

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