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Senate Super PACs: 10 Biggest Spenders

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    Ten Super PACs and other other groups making large independent expenditures account for most of the outside money flowing into the nine toss-up Senate races nationwide.

    Super PACs and and other large independent expenditure groups account for most of the outside money flowing into the nine toss-up Senate races nationwide. Here they are with their partisan lean, amount spent in the toss-up races and donors of at least $500,000 each:

    • Senate Majority PAC. Democratic. $23.5 million. Major donors include Chicago media owner Fred Eychaner and hedge fund managers/philanthropists James H. Simons and George Soros.
    • Freedom Partners Action Fund. Republican. $22.9 million spent. Major donors include Charles Koch and Wisconsin philanthropist Diane Hendricks.
    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Republican. $16 million spent. No major donors listed.
    • NRSC (also known as National Republican Senatorial Committee). Republican. $10.1 million spent. Major donors include hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin and stock broker Charles Schwab.
    • Fighting for Ohio Fund. Republican. $7.5 million spent. Major donors include hedge fund managers Paul Singer and Robert L. Mercer and FreedomVote Inc., a Dayton, Ohio, nonprofit.
    • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Democratic. $7.1 million spent. No major donors listed.
    • Independence USA PAC. Nonpartisan (gun control). $5 million. Sole donor is former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
    • End Citizens United. Democratic. $4.6 million. No major donors listed. While ‘End Citizens United’ is not a Super PAC it is one of the largest groups making independent expenditures in the Senate races.
    • Women Vote! Democratic. $3.9 million. Major donors include Priorities USA (a Democratic Super PAC founded by backers of President Obama), hedge fund manager S. Donald Sussman and Bloomberg.
    • Planned Parenthood Votes. $3.1 million. Major donors include Jonathan Allan Soros, Jennifer Allan Soros, George Soros and Amy Goldman Fowler.

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    Source: Federal Elections Commission