Federal Politics

Published — November 9, 2000 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

In Congressional races, money talked all the way to the voting booth

Introduction

If anyone doubted that huge campaign war chests reap big political payoffs, just look at the House and Senate races this year.

Eighty-five percent of Senate candidates who raised more than their opponents won, and 94 percent of the House candidates who raised more money than their opponents claimed victory, according to an analysis by The Public i.

Collectively, the winners November 7 raised two and a half times as much as their opponents, according to the analysis of October 18 filings with the Federal Election Commission.

These large pots of cash virtually assured victory.

The New Jersey U.S. Senate race was the second most expensive in the nation. Democrat Jon Corzine, a former executive at Goldman Sachs, raised more than $55.6 million, 90 percent from his own bank account. The amount was nine times that of his opponent, Republican Bob Franks.

In the nation’s most expensive race, where Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton defeated Republican Rick Lazio for a U.S. Senate seat from New York, the candidates collectively raised $79.5 million.

House and Senate victors raised 72 percent of the total $786,156,113# in contributions in play this year. Winning Senate candidates raised about 75 percent of the total raised in all Senate races, while victorious House candidates collected 67 percent of the total raised by House candidates.

In U.S. Senate races, five triumphant candidates spent less than their opponents.

In Florida, Delaware, Michigan, Missouri and New York, the losers collectively raised a total of $20.3 million more than their opponents:

Despite spending $7.5 million to gain the seat vacated by Senator Connie Mack, R-Fla., Republican Representative Bill McCollum lost to Democratic state Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson, who spent $5.7 million. McCollum has been in Congress since 1980.

Analysts estimate that outside interest groups and political party expenditures brought the full spending in the Florida race to more than $20 million. Local newspapers reported that the death blow for McCollum’s campaign was said to be his position as a House impeachment manager.

In Michigan, one-term Republican Senator Spence Abraham lost his re-election bid to Democratic Representative Debbie Stabenow despite outspending her by $3.6 million. Abraham’s campaign raised $10.7 million to Stabenow’s $7.1 million. As in Florida, the Michigan race was inundated with spending by political parties and interest groups.

In the House, 28 newly elected and re-elected candidates raised less than their opponents. One was Republican Shelley Moore Capito, a two-term state delegate who captured the open seat in the West Virginia 2nd district. Democratic trial attorney James F. Humphreys raised $5.2 million more than Capito and outspent Capito five to one. Representative James Rogan, a Republican in California’s 27th district, lost his re-election bid to Democrat Adam Schiff in the most expensive House race in history. Rogan raised $6.2 million to Schiff’s $3.9 million.

The two campaigns sent so much mail that Burbank mail carriers reported working up to three hours overtime daily. Local newspapers attributed Rogan’s loss to expanding socio-economic demographics in his district and his role as a House impeachment manager.

The Public i analysis also found that 97.4 percent of congressional incumbents seeking re-election held their seats. Seventy-nine percent of Senate incumbents won, while 98.7 percent of House incumbents were re-elected. Two years ago, 98 percent of incumbents remained in office.

#These figures will change as soon as the Washington U.S. Senate race has been called. According to media sources, this race is still too close to call.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.