CHICAGO (CBS) – The politicians are spending more money on their midterm campaigns than has ever been spent before, most of it to buy more time on television, to sling more mud and tell more lies than I’ve ever heard before.
Alexi Giannoulias for senator: $8 million. His opponent, Mark Kirk: $12 million.READ MORE: Police Locate Parents After Toddler Found Alone In Chesterton, Indiana, Playing In Apartment Complex Hallway
So driven to win are some candidates they’re spending their own money. Rick Scott for senator in Florida: $60 million of his own. Meg Whitman for governor in California: more than $160 million.
Barack Obama of the White House, begging for bucks for his buddies on Capitol Hill. Coast to coast he goes, for $200,000 at a dinner in a private home, $500,000 at a dinner in a hotel, selling himself for pictures with contributors.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Windy And Mild Midweek
All in all: $3 billion. More money than has ever been spent in the history of midterm campaigns, to send us angry and mean-spirited messages irrelevant to the campaign.
Today, in my mail, a message from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “Please, we need $1 million. Now. It’s urgent.”MORE NEWS: Opening Weeks Sold Out For 'Marvel: Universe Of Super Heroes' Exhibit At Museum Of Science And Industry, But Evening Tickets Now Available
She must be kidding.