An updated report by the Federal Election Commission today shows that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has upped its involvement in the 13th Congressional District race, putting almost $170,000 more into television commercials critical of Republican nominee Rodney Davis.
The 13th District contest, involving Davis, Democrat David Gill and independent John Hartman, has now attracted $1.22 million in spending by so-called "independent" groups, or superPACs.
The independent spending is separate from what the three candidate's political organizations have spent. Spending reports from the candidates, filed with the FEC, are expected in a few weeks.
The DCCC reported yesterday that it made two separate media buys of $93,588 and $63,310 in the 13th District, plus $10,000 in media production costs against Davis.
The DCCC now has invested more than $526,000 on advertising attacking Davis and benefitting Gill.
News of the DCCC spending comes a day after a report in Roll Call that another Democratic superPAC has cancelled a half-million-dollar media buy in the St. Louis market on behalf of Democratic congressional candidates Gill and William Enyart. The House Majority PAC claims that Enyart has an 8 percentage point lead over Republican Jason Plummer, while Gill leads Davis.