Remind Me: Who's the Party of Special Interests and Big Money, Again?

Guy Benson
Posted: Nov 29, 2010 4:13 PM
We already knew that Democrats outraised Republicans outright in 2010 -- by nine figures:

So far, the latest figures show that the Democratic Party machinery has outraised its Republican counterpart in this campaign cycle by almost $270 million.

And even when outside spending on television advertising and direct mail is added to the mix, Republicans still haven’t closed the gap.

The money race totals come to $856 million for the Democratic committees and their aligned outside groups, compared to $677 for their Republican adversaries, based on figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

We were also already aware that Democrats out-smeared Republicans by a 2-to-1 margin in the 2010 negative personal attacks sweepstakes:

...We find that Democrats and Republicans are airing similar proportions of negative (and positive) spots in federal races.  However, there is one crucial difference: Democrats are using personal attacks at much higher rates than Republicans.  In 2010, pro-Democratic ad sponsors focused on the personal characteristics of Republican candidates in 21% of their attack ads.   Republicans have mentioned candidate characteristics in 11 percent of their attack ads this year.

Now Tim Carney delivers the coup de grace to the Lefty, MSM-perpetuated "Republicans and special interests bought this election!" narrative:

Democrats raised far more money from political action committees this past election than Republicans did, even counting the new "Super PACs" President Obama claimed were giving the GOP a corporate-funded unfair advantage.

Final campaign finance figures from the Federal Election Commission have come in, and they show a very different picture from the one painted by Obama and most of the media. The Democrats' advantage in money from traditional PACs was just about 10 times the size of the Republicans' advantage from the new Super PACs.

In a sane world, this thoroughly-discredited meme would (to quote an erstwhile Congressman) die quickly.  Don't count on it, though.  Dems are bitterly clinging to every self-deluding excuse they can muster -- leading to jaw-dropping decisions like this, and wacky priorities like these.