Linda McMahon Has Spent $78 Million so Far 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.

Sandra Lambert October 23, 2012 at 03:35 PM
This is election is becoming costly. Obviously she has the money to buy her way into the senate. Once there how will she regain the money spent on her campaign from her personal purse? People don't lend or spend this type of money unless they have something to gain. A seat in the senate - a major tax wrote off - tax breaks for the super wealthy.
Ben Rodriguez October 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Wow, that's a lot of money. I recall in her loss to Blumenthal, it was called as soon as the polls close. Unfortunately, I do feel she's string to buy her way into an election. Mostly because she admittedly hasn't voted much before, which tells me she hasn't cared until her name is on the ballot.
B A Dragon October 24, 2012 at 08:29 PM
More proof we need election reform. The job only pays $174,000. Nobody should be allowed to spend any more than the job pays and that includes money from PACs. Think how many fewer commercials we'd have to watch if that became law.


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