Tom Crawford has posted this at the Georgia Report:
The Republican Governors Association has become the biggest independent spender by far in the governor’s race, pumping more than $5.4 million into the campaign to support former congressman Nathan Deal.
In its disclosure report filed Tuesday, the RGA said it has spent $5,416,530 in Georgia to produce and buy air time for attack ads aimed at former governor Roy Barnes, the Democratic nominee. The money has been channeled through a shell campaign fund, RGA Georgia 2010 PAC.
By the time the ballots are counted on Tuesday, the RGA may well have spent more than $6 million in its efforts to beat Barnes. If there’s a runoff between Deal and Barnes, the RGA could conceivably end up spending as much as $7 million or $8 million on the governor’s race.
The RGA has spent almost as much as Deal reported raising in his last disclosure report for the period ending Sept. 30, which was $6.29 million.
RGA money has more than erased any fundraising advantage Barnes might have had earlier in the race. The combined amount of money spent by RGA and Deal totals $11.7 million, according to the latest available information.
The Democratic Governors Association has contributed $1.5 million to the Barnes campaign. The combined Barnes-DGA money totals $9.25 million.
Over at The Fix, a Washington Post blog, Chris Cillizza says the RGA has dropped $35 million on four other gubernatorial races in Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania — $6.5 million in just the last few days.