What's the Cost of a Seat in Congress?

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It costs a lot of money to win a seat in Congress, but how much exactly? MapLight has conducted an analysis of money raised by members of the 113th Congress who won election in 2012.

Data:

  • House members, 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.

A spreadsheet of this data can be found here.

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to members of the 113th Congress who won election in 2012, from January 1, 2011-December 31, 2012, based on latest available data from the FEC as of February 13, 2013. Data source for median home value and household income: U.S. Census Bureau. If you use MapLight data, please cite accordingly.

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