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How Money Won Congress

MONEY WINS CONGRESSIONAL RACES 91% OF THE TIME RACE OUTCOME CANDIDATE SPENDING HOW TO READ THIS GRAPH: Each circle represents one candidate for U.S. Congress in 2012. A pair makes one of the 467 MILLIONS OF district races. Color shows outcome while size shows candidate spending - not including spending on the candidate's behalf DOLLARS by parties or PACS. Where a yellow circle contains a purple one, candidate who spent the most also won; where the purple circle is larger, the winner spent less. Races are arranged by state (left to right) and by the voting margin in the race, from Winner Loser landslide to narrow victory (top to bottom). Some races have only one candidate (primary challengers are not shown). 20 50 Landslide 100 :0 VICTORY MARGIN Close Race 50: 50 AK AL AR AZ CA CO CT DE FL GA HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS MT NC ND NE NH NJ NM NV NY OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WV WY STATE AVERAGE MONEY SPENT CHANCE OF WINNING FUNDING SOURCES SENATE V. HOUSE INCUMBENTS $23 M Spent more Large Donors Small Donors 91% 41% 23% 90% $7 M Other $2.3 M $1.1 M $1.1 M $0.9 M 9% 26% Winners Losers Spent less PACS Senate House Incumbent Challenger Us corruption is unAmerican // Data Source: Federal Election Commission 00

How Money Won Congress

shared by JLMC on Mar 07
How much does money matter in politics? Candidates who out-fundraised their opponents were nine times more likely to win elections in 2012. This graph shows each one of those Congressional races. W...




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