Political action committees seeking to influence Maine elections had through September amassed about three-fourths of the entire amount raised during the last gubernatorial election year.
As staff writer Mario Moretto reported today, that puts PAC spending on track to far outpace totals from the 2010 gubernatorial election.
The latest numbers come from reports filed by a midnight deadline, detailing all PAC income and spending through September 30. Below is a look at some general trends in that spending compared with the 2010 election, as well as a look at the top PACs, who they’re getting money from and what it’s being spent on.
The reports filed late Monday are the second-to-last filings by political action committees before the election. The last look at the war chest for those groups will be filed on Oct. 24, 11 days prior to the Nov. 4 election.
While comprehensive PAC reports for those final days of the election won’t be filed until 42 days after the election, groups making independent expenditures to support or oppose candidates are required to disclose that spending to the state’s ethics commission within 48 hours of the expenditure.
As I wrote yesterday, independent expenditures in the race are already ahead of 2010.