State's U.S. House races were most costly in history

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2012 - 11:54 PM

Candidates spent nearly $32 million to win U.S. House seats, and Rep. Michele Bachmann alone spent almost half of that

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johnsq316Dec. 7, 1210:09 PM

Fearless Prediction: the 2014 House races will be the costliest off-year election in history. The 2016 House races will eclipse 2012 as the costliest in history. The 2018 will eclipse 2014.... most predictable biennial story ever.

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freedomallDec. 7, 1210:35 PM

She spent 15 million dollars, and only won by 1%. Come 2014, she will be gone. 6th district take note, she has done NOTHING for you while in Congress.

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bl24601Dec. 7, 1211:10 PM

Only 13 percent of Michele's funds came from within her district, and about half came from outside the state of Minnesota. No wonder she does nothing to represent the sixth district suckers (oops! I meant "voters.")

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daryleDec. 8, 12 4:13 AM

Does anyone else think this as obscene? M Bachman speaks of the money everyone else is spending while she is spending more than everyone else and then some. This is hypocrisy!

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comment229Dec. 8, 12 4:24 AM

What a waste! I would go along with all the spending on political campaigns, IF the information provided via the media was truthful and accurate. That is not the case, and bombarding me with it for days on end, is not going to change my mind. And if you are one of those people that need these ads to make up your mind and get off the fence, you need to get a life. With the information age at hand, it takes hardly any time at all to learn about the stance any/every candidate takes on the issues. It should be a no brainer to find out who represents your thinking. We NEED campaign reform so badly in this country; at ALL levels. I look at the "good" that money could do and just shake my head in disgust. Please... fiscal cliff first if that is the will of Boehner and Obama, and then, sit down and get serious about campaign reform that everybody can live with.

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orono77Dec. 8, 12 7:44 AM

Complaints about this contest and campaign spending but not a word about Citizens United? Goes to show the American people are asleep at the wheel. The Supreme Court is at fault for what will soon become even more absurd campaign spending. In my opinion all elections should be financed by the people with candidates all getting the same budget. Then and only then can we see how they work within their means.

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pitythefoolsDec. 8, 12 7:57 AM

I'd say that money for State elections should not be allowed from out of State. But then, if suckers want to send the money here, go for it. Think of it this way. Michele may have been our political loss, but she brought nearly $15M into the State economy.

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earneditDec. 8, 12 8:00 AM

I would add to the calls for reform on the money end of things, but they should shorten the process as well. Fifteen months of being bombarded with political ads is insane.

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obamafone4meDec. 8, 12 9:13 AM

Obama spent almost a billion to win by 2% and another poster wonders why Bachmann spent 15 million to win by 1%. Love it.

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fairtax007Dec. 8, 1210:32 AM

Let's charge State Income tax for people who receive money that run for public office!

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