Yes, the four political party committees spending on congressional races have raked in millions of dollars from lobbyists who bundled together campaign contributions during the 2009-2010 election season:
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: $3,587,850
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: $1,334,225
National Republican Senatorial Committee: $1,127,150
National Republican Congressional Committee: $771,900
For you and me, seven million dollars is a lot of money. But compared to the $384,290,817 spent on “independent expenditures” in the 2009-2010 election season so far, it’s next to nothing. When the donors behind “independent expenditures” are unlimited in amount and don’t have to be disclosed, why would a lobbyist bother messing with disclosed bundling?