Playing in the Big League (but not bigly):
As the Senate contest in North Carolina tightened in recent weeks, Democratic challenger Deborah Ross raked in an impressive third-quarter fundraising haul of nearly $4.3 million, her campaign told BuzzFeed News Sunday.
With Democrats’ hopes of picking up seats in Ohio and Florida now fading, the party is looking to Ross’ race against GOP Sen. Richard Burr in mapping heir path to the majority in the Senate. Real Clear Politics’ polling average of six recent polls shows Ross up by one.
It's also pretty telling that the Burr campaign has chosen to go negative a month before the election, something incumbents usually reserve for the last few days. It smacks of desperation, and will (probably) end up giving her a point or two in the process. But Burr has a lot of powerful friends, who want to keep him in that seat:
Burr has yet to release his fundraising numbers for the quarter, but Ross outraised him in the first half of the year, which is rare for a challenger with low name ID in the state. But Burr is also getting a major boost from a GOP super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund, which has reserved $8.1 million in ads on his behalf.
Just to give you an idea how screwed up our campaign finance laws have become, take a look at donations from individuals to the Senate Leadership Fund. Some $49 million in this category, and 40% came from one married couple:
ADELSON, MIRIAM DR. ADELSON DRUG CLINIC PHYSICIAN CONTRIBUTION LAS VEGAS NV 89145 08/29/2016 $10,000,000
ADELSON, SHELDON G. MR. LAS VEGAS SANDS CORPORATION CHAIRMAN & CEO CONTRIBUTION LAS VEGAS NV 89145 08/26/2016 $10,000,000
It's hard to believe, isn't it? That our election laws would allow a gambling kingpin to spend twenty million to influence voters? Think about that if you find yourself grumbling about Deborah Ross pulling in so much money. It's not greed, avarice, or capitulation to the 1%. It's the only way to shove Sheldon Adelson's money back down his throat.