According to the Associated Press, California will spend about $166 million to cover the costs of elections this year. With thousands of different agencies involved it would be a massive undertaking to obtain solid spending figures from everyone but that number seems to be their best guess.
With all the diatribe by all the candidates running for office this year, you would hope that we’d actually get a solid return on our tax money. However, if past elections give us any clue, don’t count on a big ROI, unless of course your extremely wealthy.
To add more figures to evaluate the heavy money involved to elect a senator, a congressman, and a governor in this state look at the following data proivded by opensource.org and followthemoney.org for money raised and spent through the end of June 2010:
These are fund raising figures:
Carly Fiorina Barbara Boxer
- Total Income: $10,606,006 $18,884,745
- Total Spent: $9,653,220 $ 8,376,803
U.S. HOUSE: CA 50
Brian Bilbray Francine Busby
- Total Income: $915,366 $ 439,954
- Total Spent: $382,737 $ 249,644
Meg Whitman Jerry Brown
- Total Raised: $109,932,834 $27,504,007
Last Report: 06/30/2010 06/30/2010
The last time I heard, Whitman’s total outlay was close to $135MM so far with another two weeks of advertising to pay for before the November 2, 2010 vote. Man, what does it cost to buy yourself a governorship these days?
The ads have become so vitriolic and nasty this year, some you want to believe but you know in your heart of hearts their not true, others are just not believable at all and wonder who the ads are targeting their so false. Yet, the same stuff goes on every election cycle.
People just can’t get good politicians elected no matter what we and the corporate giants pay for them. Take the time to study your ballot information this year the times are going to get tougher no matter who wins. We need some major changes in the way these people get voted to represent us.