Open-seat House hopefuls spend millions of their own money

by Geoff West of Open Secrets

Maryland Democrat David Trone dropped $3 million into his campaign last quarter. Tennessee radiologist George Flinn Jr. added $1.4 million. A former California lottery winner has spent $2 million, so far.

The growing number of departures by House incumbents this cycle is leaving a Wild West of open-seat races, some of which feature deep-pocketed candidates elbowing for a two-year stint in Congress.

The 400-plus House candidates running for open seats this year have spent more than $32 million on their campaigns. Fourteen have spent at least $500,000.

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Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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