PPI Senior Fellow Anne Kim wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post comparing liberal versus moderate Democratic campaign spending. Her analysis shows in the past three election cycles, self-described moderate lawmakers spent roughly twice as much as their liberal counterparts to win or defend their seats. In 2014, moderates outspent their liberal colleagues by a margin greater than 3 to 1 when all campaign spending is included.
This analysis is a follow up to a 2011 policy memo by Kim, The “Centrist Premium”: The High Cost of Moderation.
Read Kim’s opinion piece for The Washington Post here.