How Much Does It Cost To Win A Seat In Congress?

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BERKELEY, Calif. – It takes a lot of money to win a seat in Congress, and Maplight, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics in the U.S. Congress, crunched the numbers to find out just how much.

Maplight determined that House members of the 113th Congress who won election in 2012, on average, each raised $1,689,580, an average of $2,315 every day during the 2012 cycle.

Senators, on average, each raised $10,476,451, an average of $14,351 every day during the 2012 cycle.

MapLight’s analysis of campaign contributions to members of the 113th Congress who won election in 2012, from January 1, 2011-December 31, 2012, is based on latest available data from the FEC as of February 13, 2013.


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