Most Expensive Midterm Election Ever—But Such Small Portions of Democracy


The Center for Responsive Politics says $2.6 billion will be spent by congressional (both House and Senate) candidates in this year's midterm election–a record (for midterm elections).

Of course, all third party candidates together (minus Joe Leiberman) have spent only $3.1 million of that.

If this year's record spending can prevent even one "we say we take democracy seriously, but we spend more on peanut butter/oil changes/shoe repair/tap dance lessons/Bazooka Joe collectibles than we do on elections" story, than it's money well spent.