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Patch's Poll: What Would You Do With $20 Million?

Because $20 million is the amount of money raised so far in the 2012 U.S. Senate race.

Running a election campaign is no frugal affair.

It costs money to hire staff, travel across a state, rent out venues, pay for phone services and a variety of other punitive expenditures that eventually add up to an easy few million dollars over a month or two.

And in 2012, just like years past, it's no different.

Since the U.S. Senate race in Connecticut began in 2011, all of the candidates who have jumped in have raised a combined total of $20 million through individual donations, large donations and Political Action Committee cash.

According to OpenSecrets.org, Republican frontrunner Linda McMahon has raised nearly just over $9.8 million, which his a significant leap over the Democratic frontrunner, Chris Murphy, who has since raised $5.4 million.

Meanwhile, Susan Bysiewicz, a Democrat, has raised just $2.2 million and Chris Shays, a Republican, has raised $1.4 million.

Adding all the numbers up — and including in the money raised from minor candidates — and that equals just over $20 million.

And that doesn’t include the money that the candidates themselves are funding their campaigns with. McMahon has since spent $60 million between her 2010 Senate bid and her 2012 Senate bid, as reported by CTMirror.org.

Think that’s a lot? How about the latest Associated Press story on the Massachusetts Senate Race. Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren have both raised over $47 million combined, in what’s being described as the costliest race this election cycle, according to the AP.

So, fellow Patch readers, taking into account this money raised for one Connecticut election, what would you do with a cool $20 million at your disposal? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Rev. O'day July 26, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Donate all of it to my Church.
SolarPete July 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I would buy and have installed solar systems and hot water solar systems to all my caring friends in CT That would be ablout 6 families. I would then use other funds to help the homeless friends that is about 2 with a place to live a job to help them help others get on their feet. I'd get a nice condo on the water in Branford so I have a place to stay when I visit. Oh and those folks who do care I give them a choice between solar of geo thermal for the house heating and hot water needs. A couple wind turbines for folks near the water for power on windy days and the rest would be donated to Trinity church to get solar on their building or help with the upkeep of this fine church
Michael Galwey July 26, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Move from Connecticut !
Julie Lawlor July 30, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I'm with you. I would pay off my bills, buy the small house my daughter and I have been trying to buy since I got custody of my grandchild and help my girlfriend get her house but then I would love to help people who are behind on their mortgage payments. Next I would like to go on a grocery shopping trip and I'd fill all the empty shelfs at the food banks. One thing I have also wanted to do is help people in front of me pay their food bill when they seem to be having a hard time paying it. I think it is a disgrace that people running for office especially in this day and age would even think about spending money like that but when you are so rich that you can build an elevator for your cars as Romney is they don't care about the poor or middle class people. The other thing I would do is give money to St. Mary's. I might run out of money but at least i would have helped a lot of people first instead of waisting it on ads bashing my opponents.
Julie Lawlor July 30, 2012 at 01:03 AM
It may be gone as we knew it but instead of moving out of the USA why not try and change things. It still is the land of the free. In other countries you might not be allowed to even write how you feel.

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