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Linda McMahon Has Spent $78 Million so Far 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.

augie42 October 23, 2012 at 04:37 PM
SO WHAT, its her money. Murphy is gonna spend yours to no end! I have talked to both candidates personally,and frankly Linda is more down to earth and believable than what the media portrays her to be. On the other hand in talking to Murphy at my place of work last week, I asked him a question, and he said "Are there press or cameras around?" A staffer said, "No". he replied, " Then I am for it." Refering to Nevada's Yucca mountain spent nuclear fuel repository. I feel that Linda would provide better ideas for job creation oppurtunities. Murphy would provide more social programs. I just prefer the job creators at this time in our economy. Just my $.02.....Scott Aument/Groton
JQSmithee October 24, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Job creators are doing a great job of creating jobs. Unfortunately those jobs are overseas. McMahon is trying to buy a Senate seat. She is a billionaire who ultimately will not represent those of us who work for a living. What are her qualifications other than marrying into a disgusting professional wrestling empire?
Hope T October 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM
If they are in a dead heat, I would prefer not to elect the candidate who spent 10 times the amount of money on the campaign to end up essentially in the same place. You have to assume that her spending habits would be similar in office, regardless of where the funds come from. Accomplishments can't be made simply by throwing money at the issues, which is what McMahon is demonstrating.
Waterford Guy October 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Obama spends my money = "Stimulus" Linda McMahon spends her own money = "evil greedy politician trying to buy a senate seat" "That's what spending is, it's stimulus.....gees!" -Barack Obama

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