Closing ledger

December 7th, 2012
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U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa spent nearly $1.2 million in her successful re-election campaign in November against former congressman Charles Djou, or about $10.29 a vote.

Djou spent more than $977,100, or about $10.09 a vote, according to federal campaign-finance reports.

Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, raised more than $1.2 million for her campaign. Djou, a Republican, brought in more than $695,600 and carried over money from previous campaigns.

Hanabusa defeated Djou 53 percent to 44 percent in their rematch in urban Honolulu’s 1st Congressional District.

2 Responses to “Closing ledger”

  1. myviewtoo:

    not sure what is the relevance about amount spent per vote. believe that people (money) will support a candidate that they believe is better or best among the other candidates; consequently more money will be directed to that person. in colleen’s case, she was deemed by most people to be the preferred candidate, while djou was not, so his support (monetary as well) was not as great. both spent over $10 per vote. is the point that if djou was able to raise more money he would have likely won? believe that a candidate who is not seen as the better or best candidate, it is much more difficult to raise money unless you have some rich friends or are rich himself. Further, when a candidate receives funds, it is better then spend it rather than “keep it for a rainy day” as it may never come. So all candidates will spend most if not all of their current funds during the campaign but it does not signify how successful a candidate is or was.


  2. Goober:

    I should not pay thousands to pull strings when
    for two cents I can yank chains. Cheaper and more
    effective.


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