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Senate Majority PAC
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Party:Democratic
Year created:2011
Website:Official website

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Senate Majority PAC,[1] earlier known as Majority PAC[2] and founded in June 2010 as Commonsense Ten[3], is a Super PAC. It was launched in 2011[4] with the goal of maintaining a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate and preventing a "radical Tea Party take-over."[5] The PAC was focused on 2012, in which 23 Democratic Senate seats are up for election, compared to 10 Republican seats.[6]

Background

The PAC was created in 2011 by Democratic strategists, including advisers to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in order to combat the conservative PACs.[4]

According to Politico[4]:

The operation is in seasoned hands. Longtime Reid strategist Rebecca Lambe and Reid’s former chief of staff, Susan McCue, are leading the charge — along with Craig Varoga, who runs the Patriot Majority. Two other veteran political operatives who once led the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — J.B. Poersch and Jim Jordan — are also spearheading the effort, as are veteran Democratic fundraiser Monica Dixon and longtime Democratic attorney Marc Elias.

2014 elections

No independent expenditures have been made for or against candidates in the 2014 election cycle as of July 15, 2013.[7]

Donors

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $2.5 million to the Senate Majority PAC in January 2014.[8]

2012 elections

According to the Sunlight Foundation, the Majority PAC spent $37,477,541 on the 2012 elections. Of those funds, 87.86 percent achieved the desired result, based on Sunlight Foundation analysis.[9] Open Secrets also analyzed the success of 2012 general election cycle spending:[10]

The success rate of Majority PAC's 2012 spending.

Pre-election

In October, Majority PAC reported raising $10.4 million in September and an additional $9.7 million through the middle of October.[11]

Expenditures

As of April 11, 2013, Majority PAC had spent a total of $37,498,257, $3,651,229 for Democrats and $33,847,028 against Republicans.[12]

Top 10 largest Majority PAC expenditures in 2012[12]
Candidate Party State Office Total For Against Desired Result
George Allen Republican Party VA Senate $5,048,835 $0 $5,048,835
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Tommy Thompson Republican Party WI Senate $4,682,491 $0 $4,682,491
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Richard Mourdock Republican Party IN Senate $4,274,805 $0 $4,274,805
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Rick Berg Republican Party ND Senate $3,252,808 $0 $3,252,808
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Josh Mandel Republican Party OH Senate $3,228,003 $0 $3,228,003
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Denny Rehberg Republican Party MT Senate $2,996,159 $0 $2,996,159
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Linda McMahon Republican Party CT Senate $2,535,957 $0 $2,535,957
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Jeff Flake Republican Party AZ Senate $2,065,097 $0 $2,065,097
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Todd Akin Republican Party MO Senate $1,713,536 $0 $1,713,536
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Dean Heller Republican Party NV Senate $1,147,384 $0 $1,147,384
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Campaign ads


July 2012 ad about George Allen

May 2012 ad about Josh Mandel

August 2012 ad about John Brunner

Donors

Organizations

As of April 29, 2013, the top 5 donors to the Majority PAC were[13]:

Top 5 Donors to Majority PAC, 2012[13]
Occupation/Employer Total From Individuals From Organizations
Newsweb Corp $4,300,000 $4,300,000 $0
Euclidean Capital $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $0
Carpenters & Joiners Union $2,450,000 $0 $2,450,000
American Federation of Teachers $2,000,000 $0 $2,000,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $1,000,000 $0 $1,000,000

Industries

As of April 29, 2013, the top 5 industries donating to the Majority PAC were[14]:

Top 5 Donors to Majority PAC, 2012[14]
Industry Total From Individuals From Organizations
Printing & Publishing $4,920,000 $4,920,000 $0
Public Sector Unions $4,665,000 $0 $4,665,000
Building Trade Unions $4,550,000 $0 $4,550,000
Lawyers/Law Firms $4,351,900 $2,170,900 $2,181,000
Misc Finance $3,358,500 $3,153,500 $205,000

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