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Thursday, November 06, 2008

$800,000 for a state representative seat

In my Illinois house district, at least $800,000 was spent. That’s a heck of a lot for a house seat with a salary of about $70,000.

 

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/glenview/news/1262201,gv-statehouse-110608-s1.article

Coulson was expected to outspend her opponent in the race. As of the most recent filings, she'd raised about $450,000 to her challenger's [Biss] $350,000. “

“Coulson was leading the race to represent the 17th Illinois House district with 25,802 votes to Democrat Daniel Biss' 24,025 votes”

That’s about 50,000 votes. So $16 per voter was spent on a house seat.