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IEs surface in 11th Congressional District race

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:

ORGANIZATION POSITION AMOUNT ($) REASON DATE
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
TOTAL $578,122.16

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.

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  • Patty O’Day

    Yikes! Is your first item correct?

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Oooh, good eye, Patty. Fixed!