Amount of dark-money spent so far in the 2014 cycle — just shy of the $69 million in dark money spent during the ENTIRE 2008 presidential election, according to Mother Jones. This was a new record and seven times the amount of dark money spent by the same point on House and Senate elections in 2010.
Amount the Senate Majority PAC, fueled by billionaires and labor unions, has has spent so far in the 2014 midterm contests, reports the Washington Post. “Together with an allied tax-exempt group, Patriot Majority, the … early, aggressive presence in pivotal Senate races spotlights how, four years after being dramatically outgunned in the outside money game, Democrats are now some of its most adept players.”
Of Americans say there is too little government regulation of business and industry, while about half (49%) say there is too much, according to Gallup. These attitudes have been consistent over the past five years.
Number of states a proposed ballot measure would have carved California into except it failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot Friday after election officials determined that backers did not collect enough valid signatures, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Amount Americans’ trust in the legislative branch fell this year to a new low of 28%, according to Gallup. Americans’ trust in each of the three branches of the federal government is at or near the lows in Gallup’s trends, dating back to the early 1970s. Trust in the executive branch dropped eight points, to 43%, and trust in the judicial branch, at 61%, is also the lowest measured to date.
Of Americans believe the country is less safe now than before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll. “That’s a significant increase from even a year after the twin towers fell when in September 2002 just 20% of the country said the nation was less safe. The level of fear across America also is up substantially from last year when 28% felt the same way.”