How much money do you need to raise to run for Congress?

| December 6, 2012 | 1 Reply

If you want to be a Senator, you need to raise an average of $8,700 every day for the two years prior to the election.  If you’d like to be in the House of Representatives, you only need to raise $1,700 per day, on average.  These numbers are part of a stunning infographic published by RootStrikers.

If you need to raise $8,700 per day, who are you more likely to meet with? People who have ideas or initiative, or people who can hand you money.    And consider this too (another bit of information from the infographic): Only .26% of the people funded 68% of contributions to people running for Congress.  Rootstrikers was founded by Lawrence Lessig, who has a knack for coming up with shocking irrefutable statistics relating to political corruption relating to money.

The system is designed to discourage ordinary people from running for Congress.  People with a distaste for asking for money are much less likely to run.  People who are not functional pychopaths are less likely to run (and see this astute comment here).  Or is there a huge overlap between those two types?  Seems so.

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Category: Corporatocracy, Corruption, Politics

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. grumpypilgrim says:

    Yes, they need big bucks, so we can have U.S. Senators who filibuster their own bills: http://theweek.com/article/index/237508/mitch-mcconnells-amazing-filibuster-of-his-own-bill/

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