Tuesday’s results are being discussed, debated, and disputed by many. Questions are being asked about what message was sent, was it received, who sent it, and for goodness sake does this mean I can finally turn the ringer on my phone back to the “on” position?
We at CCP have a few questions ourselves, as well as a few thoughts. I thought I might share them here.
- With the losses on Tuesday of Meg Whitman and Linda McMahon, who between the two of them spent at least $180 million on their campaigns, can we finally put to rest the notion that it is possible to “buy” an election? The Center for Responsive Politics has a roundup here of wealthy, self-funding candidates that lost, and notes that fewer than one in five candidates who put $500,000 or more into races for federal office this year won.
- Regarding all the hysteria about “foreign” money allegedly being spent by the US Chamber, and “secret” money being spent by “shadowy” groups, it really doesn’t seem that candidates benefiting from this independent spending suffered, now does it?