"Money Well Spent: 64 Percent of Races Chamber Helped Won; At Least 21 Incumbent Democrats Defeated"
Our guest blogger is Tony Carrk, policy director of Progressive Media at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
For months, Think Progress has been chronicling the “U.S.” Chamber of Commerce’s $75 million campaign to put its interests over working- and middle-class families. It uses its substantial war chest to protect companies that outsource, oppose health reform, oppose Wall Street reform, and oppose clean energy. The Chamber will not disclose who is financing this campaign, fearing a public backlash. But we know the results: The 112th Congress will have more members to protect its pro-outsourcing, anti-middle class agenda.
So far, the Chamber’s spending contributed to the defeat of 21 incumbent Democrats. In all, the Chamber spent $32.1 million on ads or independent expenditures in 62 races. Five of those races are too close to call as of this afternoon. Of the remaining 59, the Chamber’s candidate won 38 of them — or 64 percent. The cost of those 38 wins: nearly $17.3 million.
Here is a list of races the Chamber won:
|Race||Total||Chamber Position||Chamber Win/Lose?|
|New York’s 24th district||$25,712||Oppose Arcuri (D)*||Win|
|Ohio’s 18th district||$45,415||Oppose Space (D)*||Win|
|Georgia’s 12th district||$78,558||Support Barrow (D)*||Win|
|Wisconsin’s 8th district||$89,418||Oppose Kagen (D)*||Win|
|Florida’s 25th district||$99,310||Oppose Garcia (D)||Win|
|Illinois’s 14th district||$99,952||Oppose Foster (D)*||Win|
|Illinois’s 10th District||$100,000||Oppose Seals (D)||Win|
|Oklahoma’s 2nd district||$134,390||Supporting Boren (D)*||Win|
|Pennsylvania’s 7th district||$146,680||Oppose Lentz (D)||Win|
|New Hampshire’s 1st district||$148,640||Oppose Shea-Porter (D)*||Win|
|New Hampshire’s 2nd district||$149,380||Oppose Kuster (D)||Win|
|Washington’s 3rd district||$149,540||Oppose Dennis Heck (D)*||Win|
|Pennsylvania’s 8th district||$170,000||Oppose P. Murphy (D)||Win|
|Kansas’s 3rd district||$172,864||Oppose Moore (D)||Win|
|Utah’s 2nd district||$180,308||Support J. Matheson (D)*||Win|
|New York’s 19th district||$192,206||Oppose Hall (D)*||Win|
|Arkansas’s 4th district||$223,148||Support Ross (D)*||Win|
|New Mexico’s 2nd district||$436,953||Oppose Teague (D)*||Win|
|Pennsylvania’s 3rd district||$248,500||Oppose Dahlkemper (D)*||Win|
|Colorado’s 4th district||$250,000||Oppose B. Markey (D)*||Win|
|Indiana Senate||$250,000||Oppose Ellsworth (D)**||Win|
|Florida’s 8th district||$250,000||Oppose Grayson (D)*||Win|
|Florida’s 24th district||$250,000||Oppose Kosmas (D)*||Win|
|Ohio’s 15th district||$261,735||Oppose Kilroy (D)*||Win|
|Wisconsin’s 7th district||$266,593||Oppose Lassa (D)||Win|
|North Dakota’s 1st district||$273,525||Oppose Pomeroy (D)*||Win|
|Illinois’s 11th district||$300,000||Oppose Halvorson (D)*||Win|
|Pennsylvania’s 10th district||$398,365||Oppose Carney (D)*||Win|
|Ohio’s 16th district||$354,120||Oppose Boccieri (D)*||Win|
|Virginia’s 5th district||$442,765||Oppose Perriello (D)*||Win|
|Nevada’s 3rd district||$549,850||Oppose Titus (D)*||Win|
|Wisconsin Senate||$748,300||Oppose Feingold (D)*||Win|
|Missouri Senate||$1,110,461||Oppose Carnahan (D)||Win|
|Kentucky Senate||$1,254,010||Oppose Conway (D)||Win|
|Illinois Senate||$1,682,856||Oppose Giannoulis (D)||Win|
|Pennsylvania Senate||$1,488,880||Oppose Sestak (D)**||Win|
|Florida Senate||$2,000,000||Oppose Crist (I)||Win|
|New Hampshire Senate||$2,324,730||Oppose Hodes (D)**||Win|
** – Running for Senate
On the flip side, the Chamber spent $11.4 million on races it lost. However, that figure is deceptive since nearly $5 million of that amount went to unsuccessfully defeat Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
The post was updated on Thurs., Nov. 4, to reflect updated statistics.