Campaign Finance

Liberal Donors Focus on Grass Roots

Liberal donors are planning to inject over $100 million of outside money into grassroots organizing, voter registration, and voter turnout, instead of trying to match Republicans in advertising this election cycle. Famed businessman George Soros will donate to $1 million to America Votes, a group that coordinates political activity for left-leaning causes, and $1 million to another super PAC focusing on research. Conservative super PACs are expected to spend $300 million on the 2012 election. "The idea that we're going to engage in an arms race on advertising with the Republicans is not appealing to many liberal donors," one expert said.