2014 by the numbers

$3.66B
The estimated cost of the 2014 federal midterm elections
$118.8M
The total amount spent by candidates, parties and other groups in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race. Number of Senate races where more was spent: 0
10
U.S. Senate races where all candidates, parties and other groups combined to spent at least $50 million
17,727
votes by which Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie lost to Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Warner
$140,000
total amount raised by the We Can Do Better PAC, the super PAC created to boost Gillespie
11
state legislatures gained Republican majorities in 2014
$62.8M
estimated amount of money spent airing TV ads in state legislative races in 2014
$177,000
the total value of the gifts, vacations and loans former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted of receiving in exchange for political favors
10
the minimum number of years the U.S. Probation Office recommended McDonnell serve in prison as a result
6
Federal Election Commission commissioners
4
Federal Election Commission commissioners still serving despite their terms having expired
$27.5M
amount of money Illinois’ Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner gave to his own campaign
$37M
estimated amount of money Rauner’s campaign spent airing TV ads
100
age of real estate developer Leonard Litwin, the top donor to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 re-election campaign
$1M
amount of money companies affiliated with Litwin’s real estate management firm gave to Cuomo’s campaign
3,834
Number of TV ads that ran in Alaska and Oregon to support recreational pot legalization
$123,200
aggregate federal campaign contribution limit before April’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision
6
key U.S. Senate races where “dark money” groups accounted for at least 1 of every 5 TV ads
3
key U.S. Senate races where “dark money” groups accounted for at least 1 of every 4 TV ads
1/7
of TV ads in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race aired by a single pro-Mitch McConnell “dark money” group run by a former McConnell aide
3.86
percent of 501(c)(4) “social welfare” group applications denied, in 1981, by the Internal Revenue Service
.22
percent of 501(c)(4) “social welfare” group applications denied, in 2013, by the Internal Revenue Service: 0.22
$100M
nearly the collective amount of surplus campaign cash controlled by former congressional candidates
50,200
ads run during 2014 election cycle by pro-Democratic super PAC Senate Majority PAC, which ran more ads than any other outside group
$78M
raised by liberal environmentalist Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action super PAC
0
super PACs that raised more
60%
increase in donations from the financial industry this cycle versus 2012 for Sen.-elect and Banking Caucus member Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
4
industry-friendly financial bills introduced by Capito during the 113th Congress, while she chaired a key subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee
4
Years since the term “super PAC” was first used
1,004
federally registered super PACs and hybrid PACs in late December
13
super PACs and hybrid PACs that include “Hillary” or “Clinton” in their name
0
super PACs and hybrid PACs that include “Jeb” or “Bush” in their name