A Republican/pro-growth-leaning group headed by a Republican media consultant.
Players Guide 2010
Independent political groups — both new and existing — have committed themselves to spending heavily to influence the outcome of the 2010 elections. Some are taking advantage of a recent Supreme Court decision by funneling money from business corporations or labor unions into the election process. Many of these groups avoid making public disclosure of their donors. Who are these groups and who’s behind them?
Below is a list of some major groups that have been — or say they will be — active in this campaign cycle. This is not a comprehensive list, and additional groups will be added as the campaign season unfolds.
We selected these groups based on how much money they have spent, or say they plan to spend, or how much media attention they have attracted. Most of them have pledged to spend tens of millions of dollars in the 2010 elections.
Our "Cash Attack" coverage of 2010 political ads by corporations and unions is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation.
Republican-leaning group formed by Iowa political figures.
Republican-leaning group that calls itself “the conservative alternative” to AARP.
Conservative-leaning group that focuses on federal spending.
Conservative group formed by political strategist and TV commentator Dick Morris.
Conservative group that supports the tea party movement; founded by Republican strategist Sal Russo.
Republican-leaning group chaired by former New York Gov. George Pataki.
Conservative-leaning group represented by a lawyer in the Citizens United case.
Large federation of labor unions is strongly Democratic.
Pro-business group whose president is the former head of the New Hampshire Republican Party.