We spend a lot of time here at Moyers & Company chronicling the dark money fueling congressional careers on Capitol Hill. Today’s smart chart comes from GOOD magazine. They recently partnered with Lawrence Lessig and Rootstrikers — an organization he created to force Congress to address campaign finance reform — in an effort they’ve dubbed “Capital in the Capitol.” Their first infographic illustrates how much money a congressperson must raise to get elected. The average cost to run is $1.2 million for each House member and $6.4 million per senator. Campaign spending overall has increased five-fold since 1982.
Zoom in on the infographic at the GOOD website.