With Election Day just more than six months away, a fundraising gap in Missouri’s biggest race is stoking concern among some Republicans in the state. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, has raised more than five times as much as her leading Republican challenger, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley.
McCaskill’s fundraising lead looms even larger because of federal laws regulating political fundraising and spending.
So-called “outside groups” are less constrained than candidates in raising and spending money, and they’re expected to collectively spend tens of millions of dollars — or even hundreds of millions — on Missouri’s Senate race this year.
However, Missouri will soon enter a phase in which outside money doesn’t go nearly as far as cash raised by candidates, due to a federal law guaranteeing a special low ad rate for candidates.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch