But even though we've been ignored by the Presidential campaigns, we've been spending pretty lavishly on ourselves. Claire McCaskill's campaign has raised $19.4 million and spent $17.4 million. Todd Akin has raised $4.6 million (only $1.6 million between the time he first opened his mouth about "legitimate rape" and the end of the crucial third quarter in September) and spent nearly all of it. He got a recent boost courtesy of reclusive, chess-loving billionaire Rex Sinquefield, who donated $200,000 to a PAC called Now or Never PAC which, in turn, gave $800,000 to help Akin through the last week of his campaign.
Can you imagine if that money were actually funneled into something more useful than TV ads?