By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 11:12 am in 2010 election.
IEs, or independent expenditures, are ramping up in the 11th Congressional District campaign, another sign of the intense interest political activists have in either keeping or taking the seat.
Nearly $580,000 was been spent in support of or in opposition to Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney and GOP nominee David Harmer between Sept. 1 and Monday on mailers, TV ads and other campaign-related costs.
In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a private nonprofit group, has spent $262,268 in support of Harmer, according to PublicCitizen.org, a campaign finance watchdog site. Not a PAC, the chamber is putting out “electioneering communications, known informally as “issue ads,” are messages broadcast within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary that mention a candidate for federal office but stop short of advocating a vote for or against the candidate,” according to PublicCitizen.org.
IEs cannot be coordinated with the candidate and can come from a variety of political action committees. Here is what has been spent, per the Federal Election Commission’s tally of independent expenditures:
- Oppose Harmer/Support McNerney — $219,098
- Support Harmer/Oppose McNerney — $359,023
- Total: $578,122.16
Here’s a breakdown per expenditure and position:
|National Republican Congressional Committee||Oppose McNerney||49,495.00||media||10/15/2010|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee||Oppose Harmer||14,217.00||mailing||10/14/2010|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee||Oppose Harmer||23,814.00||media||10/13/2010|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee||Oppose Harmer||15,738.96||mailing||10/8/2010|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee||Oppose Harmer||15,738.96||mailing||10/6/2010|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee||Oppose Harmer||48,860.00||media||10/6/2010|
|National Republican Congressional Committee||Oppose McNerney||47,045.00||media||10/8/2010|
|National Republican Congressional Committee||Oppose McNerney||12,000.00||media||10/1/2010|
|National Republican Congressional Committee||Oppose McNerney||44,393.00||media||9/30/2010|
|National Republican Congressional Committee||Oppose McNerney||44,133.32||media||9/14/2010|
|National Republican Congressional Committee||Oppose McNerney||40.00||media||9/14/2010|
|National Republican Congressional Committee||Oppose McNerney||15,000.00||research||9/14/2010|
|National Republican Congressional Committee||Oppose McNerney||4,000.00||media||9/14/2010|
|National Republican Congressional Committee||Oppose McNerney||16,246.00||media||9/14/2010|
|National Republican Congressional Committee||Oppose McNerney||44,283.00||media||9/14/2010|
|National Republican Congressional Committee||Oppose McNerney||31,879.00||media||9/14/2010|
|National Rifle Assocation of America Political Victory Fund||Support Harmer||8,227.00||postage||10/14/2010|
|National Rifle Assocation of America Political Victory Fund||Support Harmer||38,950.00||radio ad||10/13/2010|
|National Right to Life Political Action Committee||Support Harmer||3,332.57||mailing||10/5/2010|
|Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte||Support McNerney||15,317.00||mailers||10/18/2010|
|Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund||Support McNerney||58,300.00||mailers||10/16/2010|
|Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund||Support McNerney||102.16||salary||10/15/2010|
|Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund||Support McNerney||90.08||salary||10/15/2010|
|Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte||Support McNerney||17,275.00||mailers||10/14/2010|
|Humane Society Legislative Fund||Support McNerney||62.11||staff time||10/14/2010|
|Humane Society Legislative Fund||Support McNerney||1,588.00||fundraising||10/14/2010|
|Humane Society Legislative Fund||Support McNerney||7,995.00||mailers||10/14/2010|
I’ve posted a sample of one of the IE mailers below. This came from the Humane Society’s political action fund, and it advocates for the re-election of McNerney.