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August 02, 2010


Self-Financed Campaigns Rarely Win

A new study shows that super-rich candidates who personally bankroll their own campaigns almost always lose.

Sam Pizzigati: "The study identifies 6,171 campaigns for state office where candidates received over half their campaign contributions from themselves or their immediate families. These candidates, from 2000 through last year, gave their campaigns $700.6 million of their own money. In the end, they won only 11 percent of their races." The study also found that, "candidates who collected and spent more campaign cash than their rivals, won 87 percent of their races."












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