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Democrats lag badly in outside spending

Twice in the past week, House Democrats used closed-door meetings with Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver an urgent message: They’re being crushed on the airwaves by outside groups, and they need her to do something about it.

In the meetings, according to people present, Democrats cited the nearly unmatched advantage Republicans are enjoying from conservative, third-party organizations. A sympathetic Pelosi vowed to pressure liberal groups to do more — and quickly.

“I’m saying get out there,” she told a group of Democratic freshmen, according to a source familiar with the meeting. “We need more.”

While the spending in Senate races gets much of the attention, it’s the House whose majority is unquestionably up for grabs — and in which big money can have an outsize impact on races typically overshadowed by statewide contests.

Full Story: Democrats lag badly in outside spending – Jonathan Martin – POLITICO.com