Accuracy in Media

The notion that Republicans are the only party to raise money has plagued news cycle after cycle. Next week, North Carolina’s 9th congressional special election will take place between Dan Bishop (R) and Dan McCready (D). Political analysts and experts have called the race a toss-up even though President Donald Trump carried it by 11 points in 2016.

In a Fox News interview, Bishop said, “My opponent has been running for 27, 28 months, and he has been funded by $12 million, tons of money from outside the district. A lot from California, New York, and New Jersey. A lot of it from hard-left sources.”

A few weeks ago, the Center for Responsive Politics reported that McCready outraised Bishop in the race, however, outside spending by party committees and super PACs has “significantly favored the Republican nominee.” In fact, McCready has outraised Bishop by a factor of nearly three according to The Atlantic. The Center for Responsive Politics did not define what “significantly” means, or give a dollar figure for what was spent in this race by super PACs and party committees combined.

Roll Call and Think Progress reported that “Republicans spent $4.5 million in party money in an effort to keep a seat that Trump carried by more than 10 points.”The articles make no mention of party money from the Democratic Congressional Committee or the Democratic National Committee. However skewed the facts are, the DCCC has indeed shown their interest in this race: through their use of funds.

The DCCC and the EDF Action (an environmental PAC) has spent more than $2.7 million on McCready. This includes $600,000 on an ad recently launched. 

Recent reports on the NC-9 also make no mention of a Washington Free Beacon report from early 2019, citing McCready receiving nearly $1 million in support from a Nancy Pelosi-aligned dark money organization in the 2018 election cycle. This news broke after McCready tweeted, “Dark money has no place in our politics.”

The special election is rumored to have a low turnout, however, the election will have an effect on what to expect for house seats in 2020.

Trump is scheduled to campaign in North Carolina the day before next week’s special election.

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