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Report Puts Average Cost of a Senate Seat at $10 Million

Monday, 11 Mar 2013 06:11 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Senators who won in the November election raised an average of $10.4 million, or about $14,351 per day, during the 2012 election cycle.

According to an analysis of financial data released on Monday by the MapLight Foundation, a nonprofit watchdog group based in Berkeley, Calif., those elected to the U.S. House of Representatives raised an average of $1.6 million, or $2,315 per day, during the election cycle.

Overall, the top five fund-raisers on MapLight’s list include Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who raised $42.5 million; GOP House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, $22 million; Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, also of Ohio, $20.9 million; Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, $18.8 million; and GOP Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, $18 million.

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Boehner leads the list among the House GOP leadership, following by Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, $7.6 million; Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, $4.5 million, and Republican Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, $1.9 million.

Neither of the Senate’s top two leaders, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, made MapLight’s list, but House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California did, raising $2.3 million during the election cycle.

And Republican Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah was among the five legislators who raised the least amount of money during the cycle, according to MapLight’s analysis — $353,367.

The other four were Democrats: Rep. Eni Faleomavaega of American Samoa, $110,570; Rep. Gregorio Sablan of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, located between Hawaii and the Philippines, $111,145; Rep. Madeline Bordallo of Guam, $254,070; and Rep. Donna Christensen of the U.S. Virgin Islands, $330,274.


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