McMahon Spends $78 Million on Senate Races

Most of the money she has spent on her 2012 and 2010 Senate campaigns is from her personal fortune. Her opponent, Chris Murphy has spent about $8.7 million.


U.S. Senate hopeful Linda McMahon has spent nearly $28 million of her own money on her political aspirations during the current campaign, and about $78 million on her campaigns for this election and the election of 2010.

Campaign finance records show that McMahon has loaned or contributed to her current campaign nearly $28 million for the 2012 campaign. That amount includes $14.7 million in a two-month period that ended last month, according to The Day of New London. The paper gleaned the campaign finance spending data from mandated reports McMahon and other candidates filed in September with the Federal Election Commission.

The former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment lost her bid for the Senate to Democrat Richard Blumenthal in 2010 after spending nearly $50 million of her own money. She and her opponent, Chris Murphy, are locked in a bitter contest for the Senate seat being vacated by Joseph Lieberman this year.

While McMahon has largely financed her campaign with her personal fortune, Murphy’s battle to win the Senate seat has been paid for mostly with $8.7 million in campaign donations, The Day reports.  Recent polls show the two locked in a statistical dead heat.

While McMahon’s spokesman says the candidate’s use of her own money underscores that her vote can’t be bought by lobbyists or outside interests, Murphy’s campaign aides have said McMahon is using money she made at the WWE “selling sex and violence to children to fund her desperate campaign of lies, smears, and attack ads,’’ the Boston Globe reports.

Brian Boodry October 23, 2012 at 07:45 PM
My goodness .... think of the good she could have done with that money. With that amount she could have funded hospitals for orphaned babies. Instead, she has pissed it away on annonying advertising, mass mail campaignes full of very deceitful claims, and a makeup artists to help ease away the harshness. It won't work. She's going to lose and the robo call artists, advertising companies, and direct mailers will be that much richer.
Michael Gianfranceschi October 23, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I still rather have someone who puts thier money where thier mouth is than someone who takes money from special interests and PACs and then is beholden to them when the time comes to vote on thier special projects
Brian Boodry October 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM
You have obviously been reading the direct mail pieces. My advice ... Never trust anyone who made their fortune kicking people in the nuts. You could be next.


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