DATA RELEASE: The Cost of a Seat in the California State Legislature

December 12, 2013--It costs a lot of money to win a seat in the California State Legislature, but how much exactly? MapLight has conducted an analysis of money raised by members of the California State Legislature who won election in 2012.

Data: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to members of the California State Assembly and Senate elected in 2012, from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012. Source: California Secretary of State

  • Each member of the California State Assembly, on average, raised $708,371, an average of $970 every day during the 2012 cycle.
  • Each member of the California State Senate, on average, raised $1,041,537 an average of $1,427 every day during the 2012 cycle.

Cost of a Seat in the California State Legislature

  Assembly Senate
Total $56,669,696 $20,830,736
Average $708,371 $1,041,537

Maximum

Ken Cooley, ($4,112,876)

Richard D. Roth, ($3,028,308)

Minimum

Steve Fox, ($21,142)

Steve Knight, ($259,147)

EDITOR'S NOTE: A link to this report can be found here. Please cite MapLight if you use data from this analysis, "A MapLight analysis of data released by the California Secretary of State..."


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