So, how much money does it take to win a seat in Congress?
If you were running for the House and made it into the 113 Congress, it took an average of $1,689,580, or $2,315 per day during the 2012 campaign cycle, according to a new analysis from MapLight.org. If you were running for the Senate, it took an average of $10,476,451, or $14,351 per day during the 2012 cycle.
Locally, Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts’ campaign brought in $1,312,424 or about $1,798 per day. Pitts represents most of Lancaster County in the 16th Congressional District.
Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan’s campaign raised $2,614,914 for the 2012 election, or about $3,582 a day. Meehan, pictured above, represents a small section of eastern Lancaster County in the 7th Congressional District.
Here’s a searchable, sortable database created by the digital team at Lancaster Newspapers showing how much each successful candidate for Congress raised for their 2012 elections.
Campaign Fundraising for Members of the 113th Congress
MapLight’s analysis of campaign contributions to members of the 113th Congress who won election in 2012 use data from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012, based on latest available data from the FEC as of February 13, 2013.