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How Much Does a Seat in Congress Cost?

15 Mar 2013

How Much Does a Seat in Congress Cost?

“For the Senate, it’s $10.5 million. For the House, it’s $1.7 million,” according to MapLight.org, a nonprofit organization that compiled figures for all of last year’s races. “The figures are the average amount for all the winners from 2012. The cheapest seat went to Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who won his race with roughly $3 million in campaign contributions. The most expensive went to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who raised roughly $42.5 million. As for the House, the cheapest seat went for a mere $110,570, to Rep. Faleomavaega, a Democrat who won a nonvoting seat representing American Samoa.”

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