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With post-Labor Day campaigning for the midterm election intensifying, outside interest groups are pouring in money for television commercials to back Republicans in races for House and Senate seats.

An array of Republican-oriented independent groups have been established so they can accept contributions of individuals and corporations in unlimited amounts without disclosing the source, according to the New York Times. This is what campaign finance reform advocates feared after the Supreme Court's January ruling on the Citizens United case, which lifted restrictions on direct corporate and union spending on political advertising.

In Senate campaigns, Republican-leaning interest groups outspent Democratic-oriented organizations on television ads by $10.9 million to $1.3 million between Aug. 1 and Sept. 8, the Campaign Media Analysis Group reported. In House contests, the disparity was $3.1 million to $1.5 million. It is not clear who is behind all of the advertising. The Times said two $1 million contributions turned up in the public filings of the group American Crossroads, a Republican advocacy group and big player in the political media market. The donations were from Louisiana companies linked to Texas billionaire Harold Simmons, a Republican donor who helped finance Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004.

"While each of our campaigns has the resources they need to be competitive, we now face shadow groups putting their thumbs on the scale with undisclosed, unlimited and unregulated donations," Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told the Times.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)
The Democrats have not been passive. The Democratic National Committee has stepped up its effort to make House Minority Leader John Boehner an unappealing symbol of the Republican Party, linking him to unpopular policies that hurt the GOP in the 2006 and 2008 elections. A new ad, airing on cable television, criticizes Boehner for his opposition to a recent bill that provided government money to save the jobs of teachers and safety workers in the states, the Times said. The legislation was paid for in part by closing a tax loophole used by companies that do business overseas.

President Obama mentioned Boehner by name eight times last week during an appearance in suburban Cleveland and singled him out again Monday in Virginia. Polls suggest the general public is not very familiar with Boehner (pronounced Baynur) a perpetually tan lawmaker who bears a faint resemblance to a young Walter Matthau, and represents a district in western Ohio.

"It comes with the territory," Boehner told reporters recently when asked about all of the attention. "They are trying every way possible to make this election about something other than them. But they are kidding themselves. This election is going to be a referendum on their policies and votes over the last 20 months. They can do whatever they want." Should the GOP retake control for the House after the November election Boehner, in his 10th term, is in line to become speaker of the House.

Boehner is a conservative who said over the weekend he favored extending the Bush tax cuts for all taxpayers, but would probably vote to retain them for earners making less than $250,000 -- President Obama's preference -- if that is the only legislative option. Democrats didn't thank him. They seized on his remarks as a sign of dissension in GOP ranks.

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September 16 2010 at 12:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Tom Harryman

Boehner is smoking but not from being a hot bet to win the Speaker's job. He is smoking cigarettes and will have to keep up with his habit becasue he has accepted so much money from the tabacco industry lobyist. The tobacco interest have a big stake in the BIG SMOKE(Boehner)!

September 16 2010 at 12:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It is too bad that we don't have legitimate contenders other than Democrats and Republicans... I don't find either to be particularly appealing, and I'm quite likely to split my vote between parties depending on the person and position. I can't rely on the negative advertising to form an opinion...

September 15 2010 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The money is pouring if from China, Saudi Arabia, and any country that owns a part of a corporation, or a corporation that does business in the US thank to the Supreme Courts decision to let corporations speak with money. The Meg Whitman's of the world are filling the airwaves with their lies and the public is droned to death. The democracy has left the planet..........Progressive liberals unite against the globalists...................

September 14 2010 at 3:32 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to drbuckles's comment

Yea! The calvary is coming

September 14 2010 at 3:20 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

"While each of our campaigns has the resources they need to be competitive, we now face shadow groups putting their thumbs on the scale with undisclosed, unlimited and unregulated donations," Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told the Times. Does it seem strange that this is pointed out only after the Republicans start having money pour in? Did anyone ever find out where all of Obama's mystery money came from? Bad case of sour grapes!

September 14 2010 at 2:48 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to sweetdreams7554's comment

What do they expect when our current administration is anti-small business. Increased health care costs and corporate taxes to increase next year. Oh and don't forget increased capital gains tax. What is there to encourage small businesses to expand if they won't be able to hire anyone because the new taxes will take all the money that would've been used to create jobs.

September 14 2010 at 5:16 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

The Republicans aren't doing anything illegal. More power to them. The Democrats are raising tons of money as well and by who knows who. The personal and proffessional attacks of Mr. Boehner are going to be ignored by Republicans and Conservatives. He's been an excellent leader and he will conduct himself as a leader. The Republicans are running on a full tank and will steadfastly refute any and all vicious attacks by Democrats. Talk about one sided reporting. People better brush up on the Citizens United ruling as well. It did not lift any laws concerning disclosure or laws concerning foreign entities. They are still in effect and will be followed and if the Republicans get accused the accuser better have more proof then conjecture and enuendo and I mean you, Mr. Menendez.

September 14 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to truthforfreedom's comment

And the fastest growing group are the independents and they are backing anyone who is endorsed by the TEA Party.

September 14 2010 at 5:18 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I'm responding to mcgowann. I believe independents are smarter than you think, and will not vote in block with what the "tea party" endorses!

September 18 2010 at 10:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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