Even In Easy Wins, Congressional Incumbents Spend Big Money

Even in easy wins, congressional incumbents spend big money

WASHINGTON • Few faced much opposition. All spent heavily on their way to re-election.
On baseball tickets and sports arena suites. On salaries for family members. On posh Maine resorts and expensive D.C. steakhouses. On big ad campaigns, and message-shapers and money-raisers who fill the ranks of the permanent Washington campaign.
St. Louis-area members of the House of Representatives collectively spent $12.7 million in the two years leading up to the Nov. 8, 2016 election despite generally weak competition, a Post-Dispatch analysis found. None of the incumbents had an opponent who came closer than 14 percentage points in the election.

Some had virtually no …

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