The Republicans swept into the House and Senate with the help of a series of well-funded Republican super PACs, the biggest of which is a group led by Karl Rove, the Republican operative who helped elect George W. Bush.
And the GOP was able to retain control of both chambers of Congress despite its dismal record on healthcare.
In a statement after the House election, Rove said that his super PAC “will continue to make smart investments to make the country stronger and fairer.”
The group’s leaders, meanwhile, also include several top aides to Trump.
In addition to Rove, former RNC chairman Michael Steele and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay are members of the group’s leadership council.
The group, according to the NRSC, has spent $7.5 million on federal election campaigns since 2005.
This year, it has given nearly $6 million to outside groups, including $1.4 million to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which was founded by DeLay and which backs GOP candidates who are opposed to Common Core and other education-related measures.
Another super PAC, Priorities USA Action, has donated more than $6.5 to the groups supporting the Republican candidates.
This is a trend that’s been happening since President Donald Trump took office in January.
In his first few months in office, the GOP has been able to get around the limits on spending by the House Appropriations Committee.
The committee’s spending caps allow the GOP to spend as much as it wants on outside groups and candidates that support GOP policies.
But the House Democrats, who have long been wary of spending outside groups on elections, said that during the 2016 election cycle, the House GOP’s spending exceeded their limit by $8.4 billion.
So Republicans can now spend as little as they want and get around a spending cap set by the Appropriations Committee, which limits outside spending by all federal agencies.
That means the Republican-led House will have more money to spend than any other chamber in the country this year.
And it’s a trend the NRDC is worried about, particularly given that the Republican party is in a financial hole and may not be able to pay for all of its candidates.
It’s a risk the group sees as potentially dangerous for the party.
“This election cycle has shown that a super PAC like Priorities could actually have a negative impact on the party,” said Matt Mackowiak, the group and NRSC’s director of research.
“If they get the majority, that could have a catastrophic effect on the GOP’s ability to govern.”
For the past two elections, Priority USA has focused on candidates who were more pro-choice and pro-gun control.
The super PAC also spent heavily in 2018, when it spent almost $4 million on ads against Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, the most recent Republican incumbent who lost his reelection bid to Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Heck.
Heller was defeated by Democratic challenger Catherine Cortez Masto, who was backed by a group of billionaire environmental donors.
And Heck’s defeat in 2018 was aided by a Super PAC led by former House Speaker John Boehner, who spent nearly $1 million on television ads to defeat him.
But Priorities has also made a lot of money in 2018.
In 2020, the super PAC spent nearly as much on advertising as it did in 2016.
The biggest group of outside spending during that election cycle was from the American Crossroads super PAC.
In total, the PAC spent $12 million, including more than half a million on TV ads.
That same year, Priorations also spent nearly a million dollars on ads targeting Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.
That group spent nearly half a billion dollars on TV advertising during that cycle.
And during the 2018 election, Prioritas also spent millions on a TV ad campaign that focused on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with former President Bill Clinton.
Lynch, who’s under investigation by Congress, had declined to answer questions about the meeting.
That ad was targeted to voters in swing states, including Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and North Carolina.
Priorities spent $1,600 in the final week of the 2018 elections, according a report from the Sunlight Foundation.
The spending spree has led to a lot more negative ads on candidates.
In 2019, the NRCC spent more than the super PACs.
Prioritas spent $5.5 billion on ads, according the NRPC.
That included $3.3 billion on negative ads, including ads that attacked the candidates and their families, which were aimed at voters in the suburbs and the rural areas.
A super PAC that was backed and led by a former White House aide and longtime confidante to President Donald J. Trump, Steve Bannon, spent nearly twice as much in 2019 as Priorities did in the same period.
Bannon’s super PAC had $634,000 on TV, more than twice as many as Prioritas’ $1 billion. And on the