POLITICS
03/23/2012 05:08 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

HUFFPOST FUNDRACE -- Super PAC Disparity In Wisconsin, Maryland

The Republican presidential primary in Louisiana, voting tomorrow, features a modest amount of super PAC spending with Mitt Romney's super PAC spending slightly more than the super PAC backing Rick Santorum. Here's the breakdown:

Anti-Santorum: $589,325
Pro-Santorum: $430,002
Pro-Romney: $146,984
Pro-Gingrich: $69,822

Meanwhile, the pro-Romney super PAC is racking up huge spending disparities in the April 3rd states Wisconsin and Maryland. In both states the Romney-backing super PAC is the only candidate super PAC making substantial expenditures. The group reported spending $1.29 million in Wisconsin and $437,150 in Maryland. The Santorum super PAC has, so far, reported no spending to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in either state.

A report from California Watch: Californians fund super PACs while the legislature debates statement in support of overturning Citizens United decision.

ProPublica offers this infographic of the firms and companies receiving the most money from super PACs and campaigns. The graphic shows a tangled web of payments that sometimes show an overlap between the super PACs that support particular candidates and the candidate's campaign.

The Club for Growth is planning to spend $1.8 million on ads to topple Sen. Dick Lugar in his primary race in Indiana.

The Chamber of Commerce has competition from conservative super PACs as the big dog in outside election spending.

Move To Amend, the coalition seeking a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and get money out of politics, went up with a new web site today. "We’ve found that Americans are eager for the opportunity to connect with our campaign and assert that corporations and other special interests have way too much power in the political process,” Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, National Field Organizing Director for the campaign, said in a statement.

Larry Lessig, a leading voice to end the influence of money in politics, writes "An Open Letter to the Citizens Against Citizens United."

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TRACKING INDEPENDENT SPENDING IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

These numbers represent spending by independent groups, like super PACs and non-profits, to support or oppose a particular candidate for the presidency in 2012. Fundrace will update this spending daily to help show which candidates are gaining from the proliferation of independent groups in this coming election.

Newt Gingrich (R), $12,767,292 to support, $18,881,563 to oppose. (+$7,237)
Rick Santorum (R), $7,396,653 to support, $18,053,965 to oppose. (+$437,712)
Mitt Romney (R), $2,525,334 to support, $6,461,014 to oppose. (+$10,332)
Rick Perry (R), $4,167,697 to support, $1,404 to oppose.
Ron Paul (R), $3,748,218 to support, $214,158 to oppose.
Jon Huntsman (R), $2,453,204 to support, $0 to oppose.
Barack Obama (D), $282,298 to support, $929,322 to oppose. (Support: +$1,857, Oppose: +$542)
Herman Cain (R), $501,717 to support, $954 to oppose.
Gary Johnson (R), $518 to support, $0 to oppose.

RECENT INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES

Restore Our Future, $437,150 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Maryland.
Red White And Blue Fund, $9,770 to oppose Mitt Romney for President in Louisiana.
Strong America Now, $7,237 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Louisiana.
NARAL Pro-Choice America, $562 to oppose Mitt Romney for President.
NARAL Pro-Choice America, $562 to oppose Rick Santorum for President.
NARAL Pro-Choice America, $1,857 to support Barack Obama for President.
Michigan Republican Party, $107 to oppose Debbie Stabenow for Senate in Michigan.
Michigan Republican Party, $542 to oppose Barack Obama for President in Michigan.

RECENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE REGISTRATIONS

PAC+, San Francisco, Calif., Treasurer: Lisa Le.
The Centennial Fund Committee, Phoenix, Arix., Treasurer: Lee Miller.
American Term Limits Party, Fitchburg, Mass., Treasurer: Carol Baker.
We Believe USA, Petosky, Mich., Treasurer: Brian Burch. (Super PAC)
The Wednesday Morning Conservatives, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Treasurer: Forrest Grant Barnwell-Hagemeyer. (Super PAC)
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc PAC, Washington, D.C., Treasurer: Judith Mulcahy.

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