Let The $4 Billion . . . Or $6 Billion . . . Or $9.8 Billion Rumpus Begin! (Last Half Of April Edition)

Politico Influence tallies up the independent expenditures in just the second half of April, and the grand total is roughly $6 million in just a handful of races.

Here’s the damage:

CLUB FOR GROWTH, PRIORITIES USA ACTION SUPER PAC CLEAN UP IN LATE APRIL:When it comes to outside political forces making independent expenditures, the second half of April belonged to organizations operating on both ends of the political spectrum: the conservative Club for Growth and pro-Barack Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action. Together with its super PAC, Club for Growth Action, the Club for Growth logged more than $1.51 million worth of independent expenditures during April’s second half, a PI analysis of federal records indicates, with its heaviest spending going toward opposing the reelection of Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and supporting the candidacies of Republican candidates Richard Mourdock of Indiana, Jon Bruning of Nebraska and Scott Keadle of North Carolina. That compares to the $1.17 million Priorities USA Action spent for the same period, with all of that money specifically targeting Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney with negative messages.

Also in late April making notable independent expenditures, which by definition are communications that overtly advocate for or against a political candidate:

— League of Conservation Voters/LCV Victory Fund: $818,420, much in opposition to Rep.Tim Holden (D-Pa.) and Romney.

— Indiana Values SuperPAC: $360,000, all in opposition to Mourdock.

— American Action Network: $336,656, most in opposition to Mourdock.

— YG Network: $241,078, most supporting Lugar.

— FreedomWorks for America: $203,141, much opposing Lugar.

 Patriot Majority USA: $197,191, all opposing Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.).

 Freedom Fund for America’s Future: $175,145, all opposing GOP candidate Tom Smith of Pennsylvania.

— The American Foundations Committee: $168,368, all opposing GOP candidate Paul Coble of North Carolina.

— Majority PAC: $167,471, supporting Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), opposing Lugar.

 National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund: $136,314, all supporting Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.).

Multiply that by September, then multiply that by about a thousand, and you have some idea of what an avalanche of money will be spent this election cycle.

That $9.8 billion is looking more realistic every day.

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