A roundup of what we're noticing in the Reporting Group as we dig into government data and disclosures:
Milestone: Outside spending in mid-term elections reaches $200 million, my colleague Anupama Narayanswamy reports.
Fat Tuesday: Again! The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just reported that it spent a little more than $5 million on Tuesday, Oct. 12, its biggest day of spending so far. That day was also the National Republican Senatorial Committee's () biggest day of spending this cycle ($1.8 million). The DSCC, which has spent more than $20 million so far, ran ads against Republican candidates, including Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell. The NRSCC has spent $6.7 million so far.
SupporK Murkowski: Ryan Sibley reports that nine Alaskan-based federal contractors, one of which acknowledged her ability to bring home federal dollars to the 49th state, are backing Sen. Lisa Murkowski through a Super PAC called Alaskans Standing Together. Murkowski lost the Republican primary to Joe Miller.
Be sure to check out our Follow the Unlimited Money tool--updated hourly!--to get all the latest info on outside groups.
From SunlightCAM: Club for Growth Action Fund is running and ad attacking Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. "After 18 months in Washington, Bennet acts like he's been there forever. He voted for government health care, to bail out car companies, how does that help Colorado?"