The million dollar Senator

BarefootWhen 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.

7 Comments

  1. James Protzman

    January 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Because god wants only rich Christians slopping at the public trough.

    From his website:

    “Chad holds a Master of Arts in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, and a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in public management from Appalachian State University.”

    You can’t make this kind of s–t up.

  2. gregflynn

    January 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    He submitted an amended report. The number crept up to $999,855.89

  3. PAW

    January 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    It is a testament to former Sen. Doug Berger that it took that much money to beat him. Such a waste of money! One million dollars that could rehire teachers and teachers’ aids in public schools, help the UI fund, reinstate the Teaching Fellow Program, fund mental health, fund enrollment growth in the community colleges and the UNC system, properly fund public health, restore the environmental protection of our beautiful natural resources. Instead, the money went to vanity.

  4. Jack

    January 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Free speech was once measured against the lives of soldiers lost in war defending our country and our rights. Today free speech is measured in $$$ spent by politicians making free speech a commodity.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    January 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Check past records of Democrats and you will see more than a million dollars was spent to win a race. You people will not do.

  6. Jack

    January 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Frances, my comment was in general. I didn’t identify any one political party. Your pointing at Democrats indicates you’re defending the right. Free speech by the $ applies to all who wish to take such a course.

  7. Frances Jenkins

    January 11, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Why focus on Chad? Balance the story with a complete picture. This just seems like a personal attack. Doug Berger had several factors that contributed to his defeat, many of his own making. Thanks for giving me freedom of speech. Hell, I thought that came from the Constitution. My mistake.