Republicans worry about a fundraising gap which has come into stark prominence between its candidate and challenger to the Senate, Josh Hawley, the present attorney general and incumbent Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill. This is primarily due to the confusing federal laws that govern political spending and also the raising of funds.
Many “outside groups” have undue influence on state elections. These range from the hawkish right's Koch brothers to left's Tom Steyer. Both are billionaires and have no qualms when it comes to spending money on their choice of candidates. They can raise as much money as they wish and spent it too. Such groups could spend billions by collective means on advertising for the Missouri Senate race. These numbers are much more than the amount of money spent by candidates themselves.
However, these state of affairs is slated to change. Outside players will soon come to a phase where their dollars will be worth less than the candidates'. This will happen due to a federal law guaranteeing candidates a special low rate for their campaigns. This law came into effect after a Supreme Court decision in 2010 by Citizens United which unleashed a non-traceable what is known as “dark money” spending. Super PACs took full advantage of this state of affairs.
The latest review of the reports published by Federal Election Commission shows that McCaskill has collected a minimum of five times the amount which Hawley has collected. This is proof of McCaskill's skill in tapping the small donor networks which the Democratic Party has throughout the United States. She has also attracted a number of big donors, like Steven Spielberg, the movie director. Hawley, in contrast, has been trying to raise money in an environment where GOP donors are frightened by the continuing controversy which indicted fellow Republican and Governor Eric Grietens.
The gap between the Democrats and the Republicans are now so large that Hawley has asked Katie Walsh, the top Republican fundraiser and St. Louis native to help him to raise funds, both inside the state and also on the national level. Walsh is credited with Trump, then a political novice, to create a campaign infrastructure which ultimately helped him to win the presidency in 2016. Advisers to Hawley said they have expected their candidate to be outspent by McCaskill. Democrats are keenly observing the race as they glimpse a possibility of taking both House and Senate after the November elections.