Linda McMahon Spends Record $100M in 2 Races
Senate candidate in Connecticut spending huge sums of her own money
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2012 7:01 AM CDT
Democratic candidate Chris Murphy speaks at a rally in Hartford, Conn.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – Linda McMahon is bound and determined to be a senator from Connecticut, so much so that the New York Times points out today she has spent nearly $100 million of her own fortune in the quest over three years. The money is about evenly split between her losing 2010 race and this race's contest for an open seat with Democrat Chris Murphy. The sum blows away the previous record long held by Ross Perot, who spent $72 million of his own money on presidential races in 1992 and 1996.

McMahon fends off criticism that she's trying to buy the seat with a defense that she won't owe favors to special interests if she wins. Whether the former wrestling exec can do that is still a dicey prospect: A recent Quinnipiac poll had Murphy up 49-43, reports the Hartford Courant. President Obama, meanwhile, is making a personal appeal for Murphy, notes Politico. On top of all that, both sides enter the final stretch worried about the effects of superstorm Sandy: McMahon because it could blunt her advertising, and Murphy because the storm hit Democratic areas.

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Nov 4, 2012 1:40 AM CST
If she's sincere (who knows if she is) then she's right ... Politics would be a lot better if politicians didn't have to cut deals with special interest groups and corporations for the funding required to be competitive.
Nov 3, 2012 11:59 PM CDT
I live in CT and I'm no fan of Murphy, but the incessant attack ads from McMahon have made me despise her. Hell, I know of some Republicans who are so turned off by the ads that even they no longer support her. To give you an idea of how frequent her ads are, imagine that every single commercial break (be it radio or TV) had one or more of her ads (usually using a monochrome background and an ominous voiceover saying how evil Christ Murphy is) and that the frequency of said ads has doubled in the last week alone.
Nov 3, 2012 9:40 PM CDT
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. One doesn't buy a place at the table. She's owned by Caesar.