Political spending in presidential and congressional races projected to hit nearly $  11 十億, shattering records

This year’s political spending to elect a president and Congress is on pace to hit nearly $ 11 十億, smashing all previous records, according to a new estimate by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

That far exceeds the $ 6.5 billion that candidates, political committees and outside groups spent to influence presidential and congressional elections four years ago.
ザ・ 2020 選挙 “is going to absolutely crush anything we’ve ever seenor imagined — 前,” Sheila Krumholz, the center’s executive director, 声明で言った. “The unanswered question is whether this will be the new normal for future elections.
    The presence of two free-spending billionaires in the Democratic presidential primaryformer New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and California hedge-fund founder Tom Steyeralong with a wave of small-dollar contributions helped drive spending to new highs.
    The center’s estimate of $ 10.8 billion in overall spending is based on trends it has studied from past elections, but its researchers say an 11th hour gusher of campaign money could send the final total even higher. There already are signs of increased enthusiasm among Democratic donors as Election Day draws closer.
    ActBlue, the online fundraising platform for liberal donors, said Monday it had raised $ 300 million for Democratic candidates and causes since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on September 18.
    Former Vice President ジョー・バイデン, その間, reported collecting nearly $ 10 million in a three-hour window Tuesday night as he and President ドナルド・トランプ faced off in their first debate. Biden’s campaign went on to collect $ 21.5 million online on Wednesdaythe best fundraising day of the 2020 人種, a campaign aide confirmed to CNN.
    The coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession it has triggered aren’t anideal environment for political fundraising,” the center’s research director Sarah Bryner noted. “But donors across the political spectrumhave more than stepped up.
    Small-dollar donorsindividuals giving $ 200 or lesshave accounted for 22% of all the money flowing to federal committees so far, から 14% four years ago.
    And Democrats have had a clear advantage in this election cycle. Even when spending from Steyer and Bloomberg were removed from the picture, Democrats accounted for 54% of total spending to Republicans’ 39%, 研究者は見つけました.
    The group expects spending in the presidential race alone to near $ 5.2 十億 — easily topping the previous record of $ 2.8 十億 2008, when adjusted for inflation.
    The predicted price tag for this year’s battle to control Congress: 約 $ 5.6 十億, roughly on par with the record-setting spending in the 2018 midterm elections that saw Democratic seize control of the US House of Representatives.
      Other findings:
      • Big donors also have influence. トップ 100 donors have donated $ 756 百万, または 8% of all giving. Candidate spending on their own campaigns account 18%. Bloomberg, who spent more than $ 1 billion of his fortune on his short-lived presidential bid, accounted for 12% of the total raised to date.
      • Women donors are opening their wallets, contributing nearly $ 1.7 billion this cycle — から $ 1.3 十億 2016 when Democrat Hillary Clinton sought to become the first woman elected president.
      • The pandemic has shaped how candidates spend donors’ お金. Spending on travel and staging events is down, and more money is flowing to advertising.


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