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Editorial: Big money Dems

Posted: February 26, 2015 9:00 a.m.
Updated: February 27, 2015 1:00 a.m.

The ever-present cable news shows are already fixated on the 2016 presidential campaign, with the Republican race a wide-open affair and the Democratic nomination said to be Hillary Clinton’s for the asking. Of course, we’ll point out Clinton was also the overwhelming favorite in 2008 until Barack Obama came along and stole her candy. But one thing’s for sure, no matter whom the parties nominate: massive amounts of money will be spent.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, now the minority leader, loves to whack on Republicans for spending so much money. To hear him tell it, Democrats collect a measly few dollars for their campaigns and must fight the crushing money-raising apparatus of the GOP. But a closer examination proves that’s not true. Not even close, in fact.

The Associated Press reported recently that the two biggest super PACs of 2014 were the Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC, both of which were backed by Democrats. “It’s actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash in the just-completed midterm elections,” the AP wrote in December. The worldwide news agency went on to report among the 183 groups that wrote checks of $100,000 or more to another group, Democrats had a three-to-one cash advantage and donors who gave more than $1 million sent about 60 cents of each buck to liberal groups. Other similar statistics were quoted.

It’s too bad money rules politics now. But when you hear Harry Reid and other Democrats bemoaning the massive spending advantage that Republicans have, don’t believe it.

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