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McMahon Spends $78 Million 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.

don dallas October 23, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Don’t let Linda buy YOUR vote By Don Dallas Three major newspapers can’t be wrong. All three --- the Connecticut Post, the New York Times, and the Norwich Bulletin --- have already endorsed Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy for U. S. Senate to fill the seat of retiring Joe Lieberman. The three newspapers essentially warn readers not to let wrestling magnate millionaire Linda McMahon buy your vote, but rather to vote for a reliable, strong Chris who has a proven excellent record. Don’t let Linda buy your vote! It should be the slogan for the rest of the campaign. Annoyed at the sickening advertising of the McMahon campaign, the New York Times had this to say: “she is spending at least $27 million. Representative Christopher Murphy, the Democratic candidate, has been trying to break through her attack ads, which blanket Connecticut airwaves.” By way of contrast, the Times adds, “Mr. Murphy, a thoughtful and productive public servant, spent nearly six solid years in Congress, with an almost perfect voting record.” The Connecticut Post was sharper in its criticism of Linda: “She is inescapable on television, in the mail, on the Internet… It's a barrage of sound bites, context-free quotes and accusations, many of them baseless……Three years she's been running for Senate, mostly by tearing down other people's accomplishments, and yet she has so little to offer herself.” Don’t let Linda buy YOUR vote!
Hansa Junchun October 24, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Murphy needs to be in Congress as long as Rosa DeLauro, cause that's when the BIG money rolls in! Rosa's worth a cool $40 milllion, with some $17 million being her own filthy, filthy lucre given to her as a reward for bailing out the biggest mafia bankers on Wall Street, while her crime-boss of a husband Stanley Greenberg was paid millions by Monsanto and other massive mega-corporations to influence Rosa into organizing the wholesale extermination of family farms. Yes, its easy to say Rosa is a career politician when she stomps on supporting small farms and helping families, while her political peddling pushes farmer families into the grave. Saving America begins with throwing out all the incumbents. Voters must take responsibility for returning Rosa to office where she commits genocide against starving people in North Africa and commits illegal warfare on family farms.

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