California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

November 5, 2010 | Chase Davis

Statewide candidates and ballot measures who ended up on the wrong side of Tuesday’s election spent nearly a quarter billion dollars on their failed election bids, including at least $15 million on campaign consultants and more than $120 million on ad spending, state and federal campaign records show.

Last week, the Center for Responsive Politics estimated that candidate and independent spending on federal elections alone could exceed $4 billion this year – more than was spent during the 2000 presidential election.

Here in California, the biggest winners among the losers have been media buyers, campaign consultants and signature-gathering firms. In all, at least 17 firms were paid $1 million or more for working on losing efforts.

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