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Running Numbers: A Correction

Thanks to reader "bnorm," I have discovered I made a rather hefty error in my piece from yesterday looking at 527 groups. I accidentally listed the group "American Solutions Winning The Future" as a liberal group. They claim to be bipartisan, but Open Secrets tags them as "conservative," so I'll defer to them on that one.

With that in mind, I have to rejigger all the numbers I used, as shifting the #4 527 group and their almost $10 million dollars from "Liberal" to "Conservative" makes some significant changes.

Here are the REVISED five observations I made:

1) Liberal groups make up 17 of the top 25, conservatives only six. (The remaining two -- Unity 08 and the American Dental Association -- are considered "neutral.")

Correction: Liberal groups make up 16 of 25, conservatives seven.

2) Seven of the top ten are liberal, including all of the top five.

Correction: six of the top ten, four of the top five.

3) The top two liberal groups alone have raised roughly $10 million more than all of the conservative groups in the top 25.

Correction: The top two liberal groups alone have raised roughly as much as all the conservative groups in the top 25.

4) Both personally and through his Management Fund, George Soros has given over $9 million to 527s -- about $2 million than the biggest single conservative group has managed to raise.

Unaffected.

5) Seven of the top 25 groups are unions.

Unaffected.

Also, I said that liberals have raised $4.50 for every dollar conservatives have. The actual, corrected number is closer to $2.50. ($4.49 and change to $2.53 and change, to be more precise.)

Finally, the centerpiece of my article was a chart showing the top 25 527 groups. I've revised it to make the correction, as well as a couple of styling "tweaks" to make it more readable:

527s_Revised.jpg

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I apologize for my error, and I thank "bnorm" for catching it. I was too hasty, didn't double-check my work before I published it, and I regret that -- and will be more careful in the future.

I don't promise it won't happen again, though -- I know myself all too well. All I can promise is that if when it does happen again, I will be as prompt and forthright about fixing it as I was this time.


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Comments (4)

Here's a BIG difference bet... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

Here's a BIG difference between the blogosphere and the MSM: a correction published, prominently, as soon as detected. Honesty resides in individuals, not in organizations. Good on ya'.

American Solutions Winning ... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

American Solutions Winning The Future seems to have almost 50% administration costs. Seems more like a boondoggle. Actual expenditures may return the ratio back to the original post in a big way.

Anyway, we have McCain in part to thank for this. The advantage Democrat supporting 527s have over Republican supporting 527s was clear at the time exemptions were formed in the new campaign finance laws. And McCain help formulate M-F with involvement from a Soros front organization. So that's not a big surprise.

McCain got his shot at the Presidency over the dead body of the Republican Party

You made an honest mistake ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

You made an honest mistake and corrected it. That is unlike the Lame Stream Media (esp the NYSlimes) who know they are printing lies and won't even correct the lie when called on it. That's why I only buy the local county paper to get the court house news (home sales/building permits). Everything else has been cancelled. I also watch the local news only on NBC and the rest of the lame stream media broadcasters are never on in my home. If I wanted propaganda I'd find a way to watch a Russia/China outlet.

No problem Jay Tea. I real... (Below threshold)
bnorm:

No problem Jay Tea. I really enjoy your writing, and find myself agreeing with the vast majority of it.




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