In this excellent diary on Daily Kos, the wrier points out that Citizens United has actually been biting the Right in the butt for the past couple of years for some fairly complex reasons the piece does a good job of dissecting and explaining.
The Democrats are actually out-raising the Republicans at the party level. Political action groups such as Americans For Prosperity, founded by the infamous Koch brothers, are not making up the difference as fast as had been anticipated. Furthermore, these non-party groups are apparently re-discovering the fact that their spending efforts in the last round of elections was pretty ineffective. As a result, they are spending their money not on flights of TV ads, but more on Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts. It is clear, as it always is, that the party that turns out the largest percentage of its base will emerge victorious in November
Not to be outdone, the Democratic Senate Campaign committee is cranking out in excess of $60 million to support its GOTV efforts. That is an unprecedented number.
Traditionally, in off-year elections, the Republicans out-perform their Democratic counterparts. There are number of reasons for this, all of which are pretty well documented, and it’s not clear how, if at all, the Democratic Party can reverse that historic trend in 2014. But reverse it they must if the Dems are going to have any chance of avoiding a Republican-controlled Senate for the final two years of Pres. Obama’s term.
So I am encouraging all of my Left-leaning friends not to give so much money this year as time: time on phone banks to get voters registered and to the polls; time at the polls on election day providing transportation and encouragement; and time canvassing precincts to identify every possible Democratic voter.
This is a numbers game. Nationwide, the Progressive agenda has more support on every major platform point than the conservatives. Nonetheless, year in and year out, we find ourselves battling for electoral success. As the election and re-election of Pres. Obama clearly demonstrate, when the Left gets passionate, Liberal politicians and agendas win.