Who is spending in your district?

Outside groups are spending large sums of money to influence who Minnesotans vote will for in the 2018 congressional races.

Independent expeditures allow groups to spend without contribution limits on advertising and other efforts for and against candidates. Groups are forbidden from "cooperation, consultation or concert" with the candidates.

This data includes independent expeditures large enough to require 24- and 48-hour reports to the Federal Election Commission.


Expenditures that total $10,000 or more toward a race require a report within 48 hours, up until 20 days before the election. Between 20 days and 24 hours before the election, expenditures that total $1,000 or more require a report within 24 hours.

This list is updated daily using data provided by the Federal Election Commission.

Some expenditure reports do not disclose descriptions of how the money is spent.

Legend:

Independent expenditures supporting a candidate.

Independent expenditures opposing a candidate.

DCCC
Washington, DC

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is the official campaign arm of Democrats in Congress.

Spending in districts: 8 , 1 , 2

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Washington, DC

The political action committee of the NFIB, a right-leaning organization supporting mostly Republican candidates and positions. NFIB was the lead plaintiff of a lawsuit to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act that eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court where they lost the case.

Spending in districts: 8 , 1

CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP FUND
Washington, DC

A super PAC that works to elect Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Spending in districts: 8 , 1 , 3

ENVIRONMENT AMERICA ACTION FUND
Washington, DC

A left-leaning super PAC, working in concert with the League of Conservation Voters supports strengthening environmental rules and climate protections.

Spending in district: 3

SEAL PAC SUPPORTING ELECTING AMERICAN LEADERS PAC
Washington, DC

A PAC founded by Robert Zinke, the current Secretary of the Interior, supporting Republican candidates.

Spending in district: 8

AMERICA FIRST ACTION, INC.
Arlington, VA

A super PAC closely aligned with President Donald Trump, dedicated to electing politicians who will support his agenda.

Spending in districts: 8 , 1

PROGRESSIVE TURNOUT PROJECT
Chicago, IL

An organization dedicated to increasing Democratic voter turnout.

Spending in districts: statewide, 8 , 2 , 3

HOUSE MAJORITY PAC
Washington, DC

A left-of-center group financed by unions, lawyers and environmental interests. Spending done mostly against Republican candidates.

Spending in districts: 1 , 2 , 3

SUSAN B ANTHONY LIST INC. CANDIDATE FUND
Arlington, VA

A political action committee opposed to abortion, that works to elect candidates who will work to end abortion.

Spending in district: statewide

PLANNED PARENTHOOD VOTES
New York, NY

A super PAC known for promoting reproductive rights, including access to birth control and legal abortions, is associated with the nonprofit organization that operates family planning clinics.

Spending in districts: statewide, 2 , 3

NRCC
Washington, DC

The National Republican Congressional Committee is the national committee dedicated to electing Republican candidates to Congress.

Spending in districts: 1 , 2 , 3

INDEPENDENCE USA PAC
New York, NY

A left-leaning super PAC created by Michael Bloomberg to promote Democratic candidates.

Spending in district: 3

BUSINESS-INDUSTRY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Washington, DC

A pro-business PAC that encourages private business employees to vote in support of their candidates.

Spending in district: 2

LCV VICTORY FUND
Washington, DC

A left-leaning super PAC is an advocacy arm of the League of Conservation Voters supports strengthening environmental rules and climate protections.

Spending in district: 3

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN EQUALITY VOTES
Washington, DC

A super PAC working to elect pro-LGBTQ candidates.

Spending in district: 2

PRIORITIES USA ACTION
Washington, DC

A huge left-leaning super PAC supporting progressive causes and candidates.

Spending in districts: 1 , 2 , 3

NARAL PRO-CHOICE AMERICA
Washington, DC

A political action committee that works to oppose restrictions on abortion access.

Spending in district: 2

CLEARPATH ACTION, INC.
Charlotte, NC

A Republican leaning super PAC that focuses on clean energy issues.

Spending in district: 3

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES AFL-CIO
Washington, DC

The largest public services employee union.

Spending in districts: statewide, 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8

USW WORKS
Pittsburgh, PA

A super PAC for the United Steel Workers union that largely supports Democratic candidates.

Spending in district: statewide

VOTEVETS
Washington, DC

A hybrid super PAC that says it supports progressive issues for veterans.

Spending in district: 1

AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY ACTION, INC. (AFP ACTION)
Arlington, VA

A conservative/libertarian leaning super PAC started in September 2018 by the Koch network to support candidates for the 2018 midterm elections in concert with Americans For Prosperity, another organization of the Koch network.

Spending in district: 3

DEFENDING MAIN STREET SUPERPAC INC.
Washington, DC

A super PAC supporting moderate Republican candidates.

Spending in district: 3

HUNTER ACTION FUND (HAF)
Tucson, AZ

A pro-gun PAC. This PAC shares a treasurer with the Safari Club International PAC that is also spending in support of GOP candidate Houseley

Spending in district: statewide

SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL PAC (SCI-PAC)
Tucson, AZ

A pro-gun PAC, that also supports hunting, trophy hunting and conservation.

Spending in district: statewide

GREAT AMERICA PAC
Alexandria, VA

A super PAC supporting President Trump and the Trump campaign positions on immigration, the military, and the Islamic faith.

Spending in district: statewide

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE ACTION FUND
Washington, DC

The political action partner of the Environmental Defense Fund.

Spending in district: 2

FREEDOM'S DEFENSE FUND
Athens, GA

A conservative-leaning PAC supporting candidates opposing abortion, federal regulation and a return to strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. FDF has previously audited by the FEC for reporting issues and misstatements.

Spending in district: statewide

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF MINNESOTA POLITICAL ACTION FUND
Saint Paul, MN

The advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota with a goal of defending and increasing access to family planning services and accurate sexuality education.

Spending in districts: statewide, 2 , 3

WITH HONOR FUND, INC.
Alexandria, VA

A well-financed political fund that supports military veterans for public office regardless of party affiliation.

Spending in district: 1

GIFFORDS PAC
Washington, DC

A group that promotes gun restrictions and is named after former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot during a constituent event in 2011.

Spending in district: 2

END CITIZENS UNITED
Washington, DC

A left-leaning super PAC supporting progressive causes and overturning the Citizens United decision.

Spending in district: 3

AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY
Arlington, VA

A conservative/libertarian group founded by the Koch brothers. Part of the Koch network.

Spending in district: 3

VIGOP (VIRGIN ISLANDS REPUBLICAN PARTY)
Christiansted, VI

The official Republican entity for the three-island U.S. territory in the Caribbean.

Spending in district: statewide,

PROGRESS TOMORROW, INC.
Washington, DC

Formed this summer, the group has so far engaged in few races on behalf of Democratic hopefuls for Congress.

Spending in district: 8

CD6 GOP FEDERAL COMMITTEE
Lino Lakes, MN

A group supporting Republican control of the 6th Congressional District.

Spending in district: 6

MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION
Washington, DC

Started as an e-mail group in the late 1990s, the Democratic-aligned group now claims millions of members and often spends millions on candidates or causes.

Spending in district: 5

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND INC
New York, NY

A group known for promoting reproductive rights, including access to birth control and legal abortions, is associated with the nonprofit organization that operates family planning clinics.

Spending in district: statewide

US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Washington, DC

A dominant organizational voice for the American business community, which promotes low taxes and free trade. Tends to favor Republicans.

Spending in district: 3


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Reporting: Brian Bakst, Briana Bierschbach, William Lager

Source: Independent expenditure reports as disclosed by the Federal Election Commission.