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McMahon Spends $78 Million 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.

Rt25 October 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM
So, she spent her money on her election. What is wrong with this? I spend my money on whatever I want. I don't ask others to support me with any of my endeavors. And, I'm still waiting for Congressman Murphy to explain his almost foreclosure and special mortgage deal. I find him to be Mr. Coaster - do whatever to get the job done. He doesn't attend his assigned committee meetings to learn about proposed legislation, instead, just shows up to cast a vote. This is laziness. I'm one of those Democrats who will be supporting Linda - because she really wants this job and she cannot be influenced by any group because she paid her own way.
Anne October 24, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Linda McMahon is the female equivalent of an empty suit. $78 million of marketing does not make a good candidate. Her "jobs plan" that I've heard about on 1,000 radio and TV commercials is a joke - nothing more than a vague wish list with nothing substantive about how the wishes will get achieved. Her attacks on Chris Murphy have been debunked by fact checkers again and again - and the bogus issue around the "special mortgage deal" was specifically called out by Webster Bank as a lie. And talk about the pot calling the kettle black! McMahon is the one who filed for bankruptcy, cheated all of her creditors (including small businesses and individuals) and even as a multi-millionaire never made good on her debts to those individuals until a few months ago when the press called her out on it. But the worst part about McMahon is that she is a bunch of empty talking points who knows virtually nothing about public policy - and that was painfully obvious during the debates. On top of that, she would be one more solid vote for the tea party nut job contingent in the Senate. Say what you want about Murphy, but the most important thing is his record, including his voting record in Congress. He's on the right side of the issues that the majority of the state cares about. Murphy 2012!

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