But as interesting as it is to look at who has received help from the committee, it’s sometimes more telling to look at who hasn’t received help.
The DCCC has yet to lift a finger to help some of its most vulnerable incumbents, including Reps. Chet Edwards (Texas) and Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.). The NRCC has already spent $205,000 against Edwards and $359,000 against Kirkpatrick.
The DCCC has all but raised the white flag in several Democratic open-seat races, including New York’s 29th district, Arkansas’ 2nd district, Louisiana’s 3rd district and Tennessee’s 6th district.
On the Senate side, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was forced to spend about $500,000 on advertising in Connecticut to assist Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Once the heavy favorite, recent polling indicates his opponent, former World Wrestling Executive Linda McMahon, is gaining traction after spending vast sums of her own personal wealth.
The moves illustrate the fluidity of committee spending as the races and overall landscape continue to take shape. Long seen as out of reach, Connecticut has emerged as a battleground for the parties. The same thing happened earlier this year in Washington, another Democratic-leaning state.
The NRSC also continues to be up this week in Colorado and West Virginia, while nearly $2 million in coordinated funds was used for an ad that went up Sunday in the Los Angeles market for Republican Carly Fiorina.
Its coordinated funds are also being used for ads in Alaska for Joe Miller, New Hampshire for Kelly Ayotte and Illinois for Rep. Mark Kirk. The NRSC also still has time reserved in three Republican-held open seats in Florida, Kentucky and Missouri.
The DSCC has now spent more than $10 million this cycle on independent expenditures, according to figures compiled from the FEC and the Sunlight Foundation. Along with Connecticut, the DSCC has spent in Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. All of the states except Missouri are currently held by a Democrat.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with Faye, a pot belly pig, after a news conference held by Citizens Against Government Waste at the Phoenix Park Hotel to release the 2015 Congressional Pig Book which identifies pork-barrel spending in Congress, May 13, 2015.