Senate Majority PAC was founded by experienced, aggressive Democratic strategists with one mission: Protect and expand the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate.
In 2010, the Citizens United decision allowed Karl Rove and a network of Republican-aligned outside groups to raise and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on false negative ads against Democratic Senators and Senate candidates. Democrats only engaged in outside spending in a few races, resulting in lopsided TV advertising that overwhelmed our candidates and contributed to some crushing Democratic losses in 2010.
Thankfully, we held the Senate in 2010, but in the 2012 election cycle, Democrats faced a similarly tough environment. Democrats faced a tough Senate map: needing to defend 23 seats while Republicans were only defending 10. Only four seats separated Republicans from control of the Senate. And our Senate majority–the firewall against the radical Tea Party-controlled House of Representatives–was under attack by Rove, the Koch Brothers and their allies, who were emboldened by their 2010 successes.
In the face of that threat, Senate Majority PAC formed in 2011 to make sure that our Democratic Senators and candidates would not be forced to face such overwhelming odds against them again in 2012. Running transparent, low-overhead, take-no-prisoners independent campaigns, we defended Democrats from Rove’s attacks, aggressively contested open Senate seats, and went after Republicans on their own turf. Our strategy worked. Senate Majority PAC’s efforts contributed to an outcome that shocked political pundits: Senate Democrats expanded our majority by 2 seats.
Now it’s time to do it again. We will hold Republicans like Mitch McConnell accountable for their radical positions that would put tax breaks for millionaires over Medicare for seniors. We will hold them accountable for trying to turn back the clock on reproductive rights and preventing common sense legislation like the Violence Against Women Act. We will hold them accountable for ignoring the science on climate change. And we will protect the Democratic Senate from these radicals and help our Democratic senators keep fighting for middle class Americans.