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Question: How much money do you need to run for US Congress?

Postby nmoore63 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:17 pm

Just wondering if anybody has any experience or links to sites that go into the issue.

How much money does one need in a campaign for US representative?

$50,000?
$500,000?
$5,000,000?

Help, please. Thanks.
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Re: Question: How much money do you need to run for US Congress?

Postby navy62802 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:10 pm

I imagine it depends on where you live. If you're running for Congress in a rural district in Mississippi, for instance, you wouldn't need to spend nearly as much as if you were running in a densely populated district in California.
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Re: Question: How much money do you need to run for US Congress?

Postby nmoore63 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:25 pm

How about rural Eastern Washington?

Very large geographic region. No cities. Few towns.
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Re: Question: How much money do you need to run for US Congress?

Postby vive42 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:32 pm

It's the high figure.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ar ... 4Oct2.html

This is from 2004, and it names $2mil just for starters. Anyone think the cost went down since then?

edit: Tried so hard not to be sarcastic about how great it is that all this speech is going on in our congressional campaigns. But just couldn't quite resist the impulse. Gee, love that speech. Soooo much speech. $5 MILLION DOLLARS of speech. Hurray for speech.
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Re: Question: How much money do you need to run for US Congress?

Postby nmoore63 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:00 pm

While I don't know about things over there. I imagine an advertisement in Philadelphia is a bit more expensive than one in Ephrata.

I mean a 30 s radio ad on our biggest AM/FM station cost $20. Maybe it would cost millions to run a campaign here...

It only takes a little under 2000 signatures to get on the ballet. That takes about 10 days of work to get, with a filing fee of $10. And then here in WA we have a "Top Two, open primary" where everyone can vote for everyone... who ever the top 2 vote getters are, move on to the general election, regardless of party affiliation and no body else is allowed on the ballet.... which makes it easy to get the support of other groups cause their guy gets booted out. The parties hate our system.... so I figure it must be good.
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Re: Question: How much money do you need to run for US Congress?

Postby vive42 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:02 pm

Might have spoke too soon. This link below is from 2008 says the average is 1.1million. Of course, this average includes unopposed incumbents and other safe seats. I don't think a non incumbent could expect to be competitive without raising a million or two even in relatively inexpensive media environments.

Basically, it's primarily about how much tv ads cost in a given area. But to challenge an incumbent you have to spend a lot just to have your name known and your candidacy taken seriously.

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2008/11 ... e-and.html
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Re: Question: How much money do you need to run for US Congress?

Postby vive42 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:05 pm

nmoore63 wrote:While I don't know about things over there. I imagine an advertisement in Philadelphia is a bit more expensive than one in Ephrata.

I mean a 30 s radio ad on our biggest AM/FM station cost $20. Maybe it would cost millions to run a campaign here...

It only takes a little under 2000 signatures to get on the ballet. That takes about 10 days of work to get, with a filing fee of $10. And then here in WA we have a "Top Two, open primary" where everyone can vote for everyone... who ever the top 2 vote getters are, move on to the general election, regardless of party affiliation and no body else is allowed on the ballet.... which makes it easy to get the support of other groups cause their guy gets booted out. The parties hate our system.... so I figure it must be good.


You can run for practically nothing. It's only if you want to get anywhere, even in WA, that you're gonna have to raise and spend a pack of money.
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Re: Question: How much money do you need to run for US Congress?

Postby nmoore63 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:05 pm

I don't really handle our advertising, but we run tv ads through our story a couple times a year.... I'll look it up tomorrow, post how much they cost...
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Re: Question: How much money do you need to run for US Congress?

Postby Suwessi » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:32 pm

Don't know if this will help but the FEC publishes campaign receipts, disbursements, cash on hand and debt for each candidate who raises at least $5,000. Here is a link for the stats in your district (WA-4, right?): http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/HSR ... on_yr=2010
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Re: Question: How much money do you need to run for US Congr

Postby DvlsAdvocate » Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:01 am

Depending on the state, you must be either richer than you, or in more populated areas, much richer than you. But good luck. :roll:
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Re: Question: How much money do you need to run for US Congr

Postby chris5854 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:49 pm

1.5 to 2 million
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