Today the Wall Street Journal reports on the ancillary arms the right is developing to catch up with the 527’s and union-laden liberal organizations like America Coming Together (ACT), Media Fund, Catalyst, moveon.org, and Organizing for America (notice how the left exploits the word “American,” when it seems to distain anything vaguely identifiable as American?) on the left.
One new conservative development is Meet American Crossroads (527), designed for direct campaign support, advertising, and turnout. The Republicans also have Resurgent Republic for polling, opinion research and analysis. The Faith and Freedom Coalition has been set up by Ralph Reed, former Christian Coalition leader. American Action Network is designed to provide an “action tank” to provide policy and message.
In 2008, Big Labor spent $70 million for Mr. Obama, and now with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling this year, corporations should be able to ramp up as much or much, much more and find ample places to donate productive contributions. Crossroads plans to spend $50 million in the coming midterms, the standard Republican State Leadership Committee promises $40 for the states, and Reed claims he will have $11 million for the by-elections.
Of course the RNC still functions, although seemingly wounded at the moment, but we should remember for a all our assumptions that the November elections are ours, tremendous gut works still needs to be done, all of which takes effort and resources, and we should put our money where our mouths blog.