Karl Rove-Backed Group Spends as Much as Political Parties

Outside groups continue to favor GOP candidates.

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4. American Crossroads ($2,345,329)

This Rove-founded group has kept pace with national party committees in its spending on political advertisements. Last week, the group focused on seven high-profile Senate races. The biggest targets included Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, whom the group opposed with $724,000 in advertisements and mailings, and Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexander Giannoulas, whom Crossroads opposed with $618,000 in TV advertisements. Together with its affiliated nonprofit advocacy group, Crossroads GPS (No. 6, below), American Crossroads today said it would be rolling out nearly $4.25 million in political advertisements in eight states this week.

5. National Association of Realtors PAC ($1,800,238)

The National Association of Realtors PAC was bipartisan in its independent expenditures last week, spending on TV ad buys and consulting services in support of three Republican and two Democratic House candidates. Illinois Democratic Rep. Bill Foster received over $300,000 worth of support, as did California Republican Rep. Ken Calvert.

6. Crossroads GPS ($1,176,704)

This nonprofit affiliate of American Crossroads has also been a power player in promoting Republican candidates this election cycle. Last week, the group focused all its independent expenditure resources on opposing three Democratic Senate candidates: Washington Sen. Patty Murray, Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak, and Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

7. Revere America ($781,937)

Revere America was formed in April by Republican former New York Gov. George Pataki, and its stated goals include repealing and replacing the healthcare reform bill. All of the group's independent spending last week opposed two incumbent House candidates: New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and New York Democratic Rep. John Hall.

8. American Future Fund ($608,461)

The American Future Fund bills itself as a nonprofit organization "advocating conservative, free-market ideals." Based in Des Moines, Iowa, the group has made a name for itself on a national level, targeting Democratic candidates across the country. Last week, the group spent on 10 House races, with the bulk of its spending--over $560,000--going toward advertising opposing Colorado Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter.

9. National Federation of Independent Business/Save America's Free Enterprise Trust ($573,751)

The small business-oriented group spent its $574,000 supporting 11 Republican candidates in both House and Senate races, including over $125,000 spent on radio advertisements supporting each Pennsylvania Senate candidate Pat Toomey and North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.

10. Americans for Job Security ($573,702)

Americans for Job Security calls itself a "pro-growth, pro-jobs" organization, and advocates free-market policies to promote U.S. economic recovery. Nearly $480,000 of the $574,000 spent by the group last week went toward a TV ad opposing Colorado "Blue Dog" Democratic Rep. John Salazar.

Data covers the latest available electronically filed reports of expenditures made from September 26 through October 2. As the Democratic and Republican senatorial committees may file their expenditure reports on paper, rather than electronically, the data on their expenditures may be incomplete.

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