News Guide: New Koch Super PAC Reports Donors

by - October 16, 2014

DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS ALMOST CATCH GOP The Republican Governors Association typically outpaces its Democratic rivals by an almost 2-to-1 margin. That changed in the last three months, with the Democratic Governors Association almost catching the GOP group. Democrats' committee to elect governors raised almost $20 million during the most recent quarter, taking its fundraising tally for the year to $47 million. It was a record three-month haul for the DGA, and double what it raised during the same period four years ago. The Republican Governors Association, meanwhile, said it raised $21.5 million in the same time frame that ended Sept. 30. That's significantly less than the $31 million it raised during the same period in 2010 and less than some were expecting from the group, which is led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The RGA says it remains on pace to spend $100 million this year. It has raised $72 million this year. Neither group, however, revealed how much of that they had banked so it's impossible to know how much each spent so far. Voters will elect governors in 36 states on Nov. 4.
KOCH SUPER PAC SHOWS HAND Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch tended to favor using tax-exempt organizations to influence voters' opinions, but they are now starting to work as a political super PAC. That shift now means that they can be explicitly political — but they also have to disclose the donors who have helped them raise $15.6 million since June 13. Combined, the Kochs gave $4 million directly to the newly-minted Freedom Partners Action Fund through trust funds that have their names listed. 

Source: News Guide: New Koch Super PAC Reports Donors - ABC News

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