2010’s Self-Financed Candidates

It’s their election and they’ll buy if they want to.

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Will these self-financed House and Senate challengers crash the party?

Senate

AMOUNT SELF-FINANCED / % OF TOTAL FUNDRAISING

Linda McMahon (R)
Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO, grappling for Connecticut’s open seat
$22.1 million/99.9%

Jeff Greene
Forbes 400 member, one of two Dems in the race for Florida
Sen. Mel Martinez’s old seat
$5.9 million/99.9%

Carly Fiorina (R)
Former HP CEO taking on Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
$5.5 million/52%

William Binnie
Head of Carlisle Capital, up against “mama grizzly
Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire GOP primary
$3.6 million/75%

David Malpass
GOPer hoping to challenge
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
$2.5 million/89%

 

House

AMOUNT SELF-FINANCED / % OF TOTAL RAISED

Tom Ganley (R)
CEO of Ohio’s largest chain of car dealerships, running against Rep. Betty Sutton (D)
$3.5 million/94%

George Flinn
Owner of Flinn Broadcasting, Tennesee Republican
$2.9 million/93%

Randy Altschuler (R)
Electronics recycler hopes to challenge New York Rep. Timothy Bishop (D)
$2 million/71%

Wink Hartman (R)
Owner of Hartman Oil, running in Kansas’ open 4th district
$1.6 million/92%

Rudolph Moise
Doctor and 1 of 11 Dems competing for Florida’s 17th
$1 million/70%

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