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?”
Wind power: Deepwater Wind, which builds offshore wind farms, has hired Mayforth Group LLC to lobby for it on alternative energy issues. The company has a federal contract.
Second look: GAO reports that Pentagon needs to reassess the joint cruise missile being developed by Lockheed Martin.