When first-term Republican Senator Chad Barefoot took his seat in the General Assembly for the first time Wednesday, it surely must have marked a milestone. Barefoot’s latest campaign finance report filed this week shows he spent 999,110.64 cents to get elected.
That does not include any outside money spent on his behalf. And this was not a race in which Barefoot was merely raising money to pass it on to other candidates. He actually spent a million dollars to win a seat in the North Carolina Senate.
The big money arms race has never been more out of control.