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Wealthy donors spend millions to boost top super PAC supporting Senate Democrats, filings show

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Among the other seven-figure checks the Senate Majority PAC received last month were $2 million from Alexander Soros, philanthropist and son of leading Democratic donor George Soros; $1 million from Deborah J. Simon, philanthropist and daughter of Simon Property Group co-founder Melvin Simon; and $1 million from Haim Saban, chairman of Univision.

Big money is also flowing into the group’s counterpart super PAC on the Republican side, the Senate Leadership Fund, which raised $5.2 million in March, bringing the group’s fundraising total to $28.7 million so far this cycle, FEC records show.

Republican Senate primaries across the country increasingly are getting competitive, with millions of dollars already being spent on negative ads against primary rivals.

Senate Leadership Fund officials  last month that the group is focused on closing the financial gap between Democratic and Senate candidates and is engaging donors early in the fundraising cycle so that GOP candidates can be positioned to make a stronger push in the general election.

Among the major donors in March to the Senate Leadership Fund, which works to elect Senate Republicans, were the trust connected to coal company executive Joseph Craft III, who gave $1 million, and businessman William E. Oberndorf, who also gave $1 million.

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The Republican National Committee continued to spend big at Trump’s properties in March, monthly spending records filed Friday show. The RNC spent $254,147 in catering and venue rental fees at the Trump National Doral Miami resort and Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private, members-only club in Palm Beach, Fla.

Since the election, Trump’s private businesses have taken in at least $2 million from GOP candidates’ committees, super PACs and the main party committee, according to tax and campaign-finance filings.

March 2018 fundraising and spending records for the Democratic National Committee, which has lagged far behind its Republican counterpart in fundraising this cycle, were not publicly available as of press time.

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