Down ballot races get attention of mega donors
The RGA has raised more than $57 million thus far this cycle, more than twice what the $26 million the Democratic Governors Association had brought in by mid-April, when the most recent reports were filed.
The Republican State Leadership Committee, which participates in state races beyond legislative seats, has raised more than $17 million — more than triple the $5 million take of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.The Democrats' largest donors in down ballot races are mostly unions including some representing state employee unions. They appear to be trying to sustain their corrupt bargain with Democrat politicians.
What the Republicans get out of the investment in down ballot races is an improved ground game such as that which helped propel Scott Walker to victory in the Wisconsin recall race. It is an area where Democrats will probably not have the advantage they have had in the past.
These races also help build a much stronger Republican bench for future contests.