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Connecticut Senate Race Was 4th Most Expensive in Country

The failed campaign of Republican Linda McMahon made the race one of the costliest in the U.S. this past November.

 

The U.S. Senate race between Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Chris Murphy ended up being one of the most expensive in the country this past November.

The combined $67,065,029 spent by the two candidates, the vast majority of it by McMahon, made the race the fourth costliest in the country, according to figures compiled by Roll Call.com.

Of that money, the two candidates raised $58,320,208 jointly and garnered another $8,744,821 from outside sources, the website says. McMahon, the multi-millionaire former head of the WWE who lives in Greenwich, used $49 million of her own money on her failed effort to capture the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Democrat Joseph Lieberman.

This was McMahon's second run for the Senate. She ran against Democrat Richard Blumenthal in 2010 and also lost that race. She has spent nearly $100 million on both campaigns combined.

The money she and Murphy spent this year on the Connecticut Senate race still pales compared to several others' in the country, Roll Call reports. The most expensive race was in neighboring Massachusetts, where Democrat Elizabeth Warren wrested the Senate seat away from incumbent Republican Scott Brown. The combined spending for that seat was $85,429,334, Roll Call states.


Ex Republican December 27, 2012 at 06:31 PM
If Linda had sent that $49 million to minority charities and kept her yap shut a bit more, she probably would have won.
Will Brady December 28, 2012 at 03:00 PM
What a wasteful, shameful expenditure of funds and for what? To go down in history as buying an election?
Observor December 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
In 2000 New Jersey Democrat John Corzine spent over $62,000,000.00 (that's year 2000 dollars, not adjusted for inflation) of his own money to get elected to the U.S. Senate. Would you agree that was a wasteful, shameful expenditure of funds made for the purpose of going down in history as buying an election? BTW, how are things going with your unionized state job and on the Democratic Town Committee?
Semi Happy Resident December 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM
People can just about pay their bills and feed their family but somebody else can pay $49 million to try to win a campaign? - there is something wrong with this picture. I know it's her money and can do what she wants with it but for somebody that claims to want to help the middle class, some of that money could have been given out to actually help the middle class and maybe we would think she was more sincere in her desire to help us. I agree with ex republican. If she spent some of the money to help others, in a few years run again after showing what a great, giving person she has been and probably have gotten in with no issues. Linda does need to get new people to promote her since $100 million spent between 2 campaigns didn't get her elected - she needs a new approach. Maybe one that doesn't entail a barage of ads on TV between herself and the other candidate where the viewer gets turned off by both of them.
Semi Happy Resident December 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM
People can just about pay their bills and feed their family but somebody else can pay $49 million to try to win a campaign? - there is something wrong with this picture. I know it's her money and can do what she wants with it but for somebody that claims to want to help the middle class, some of that money could have been given out to actually help the middle class and maybe we would think she was more sincere in her desire to help us. I agree with ex republican. If she spent some of the money to help others, in a few years run again after showing what a great, giving person she has been and probably have gotten in with no issues. Linda does need to get new people to promote her since $100 million spent between 2 campaigns didn't get her elected - she needs a new approach. Maybe one that doesn't entail a barage of ads on TV between herself and the other candidate where the viewer gets turned off by both of them.
Will Brady December 29, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Spending millions of dollars on a political campaign is shameful and wasteful no matter the political house the spender comes from. As to the anonymous "Observer's" second swipe, in contrast, there is nothing shameful or wasteful about being a member of a collective bargaining organization, or in being an active member of a local political party. I caution you, "Observer" if you continue to practice other forms of cowardice (separate from than the false bravado of attacking others behind a fake name) or other dishonesties they can be discovered. You would do well to keep on topic in a discussion thread rather than make unwarranted and uncalled for personal attacks.

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