Follow The Money

More often than not, it's what's in the campaign coffers that determines who goes to Washington. Here are the main contenders from your district for seats in the 104th Congress, along with how much ca

Since the passage of campaign-reform laws in the 1970s, the average amount spent by a winning candidate for a seat in the House of Representatives has risen from less than $88,000 in 1976 to more than $556,000 in 1992. Over the same 16 years, the average price of a U.S. Senate seat has gone up sixfold, to $3.6 million. In the 1,332 races in which incumbents have sought re-election since 1986, only seven challengers have won without spending at least $250,000. Part of this inflationary spiral can be blamed on the increased use of expensive TV ads, but much of it...

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