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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 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 about $9.8 million, which is a significant leap over the Democratic frontrunner, Chris Murphy, who has 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 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 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.

Marcie July 26, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Well after I paid off debts..etc...I would find away to grow that wealth and do something meaningful. A secret santa type along with funding the Wounded Warrior Project and provide a sub to the "Whale Wars" Team...or something like that.
Ann Smyk Bolin July 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I would pay off all of my debts and those of my children, so that everyone would have a clean slate. I would provide college funds to the grandchildren wishing to go. I would donate to some of the charities most dear to my heart - in support of children and animals. And I would stop worrying about my future finances and do some travelling.
Christine Briggs July 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I would pay off all my bills and the house. Put some away for my girls' college educations. Fund their extra curricular activities! Then I would build my church's building that they are saving for.
carolyn malon July 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Money spent on campaigns might seem wasteful, but keep in mind that these funds actually stimulate the economy. The campaigns hire staffers, pay rent for CT office space, rent out venues for events, pay CT catering and food sevices, etc. Just some food for thought. I, on the other hand would use 20 million dollars to travel, and to continue to fund efforts in Uganda, where my family pays school fees for two children.
Christine W Park September 20, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Like the others I would establish a trust for my children and grandchildren. I say trust because I believe it isn't good to have things handed to you. I no longer need any thing for myself so would give the rest away, maybe to stimulate matching funds. And maybe I might buy a hot fudge sundae for every child in the United States.

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