ELEC released the 20 day post election filings yesterday giving us a look at just how much was raised and spent on the race for Governor in 2009:
Gubernatorial candidates Governor Jon S. Corzine, Governor-elect Christopher J. Christie, and Independent Candidate Christopher J. Daggett collectively raised $40.8 million and spent $40.1 million in the recent general election contest.
These amounts, reported on their respective 20-day post-election reports, represent a fundraising decrease of 30 percent from four years ago, when self-funded candidates Jon Corzine and Douglas Forrester reported raising $58.6 million. Spending this year was 31 percent less than in 2005, when Corzine and Forrester combined spent $58.3 million.
ELEC attributed the decline to stricter pay to play laws and the fact that only one candidate opted out of the public financing system this time around. Corzine raised over $27 million, with $25 million coming either from loans or contributions he made to himself. But Michael Symon makes a interesting comparison about the spending at the end of this campaign for Governor Corzine compared to past ones:
The amount of his own money Jon Corzine put into his campaign in the last 7 days of the 2000 U.S. Senate election: $3,641,496.
The amount of his own money Jon Corzine put into his campaign in the last 7 days of the 2005 governor’s election: $3,846,142.19.
The amount of his own money Jon Corzine put into his campaign in the last 7 days of the 2009 governor’s election: $0.
So thats the money the candidates spent themselves, but that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface on independent expenditures and 527’s during the campaign.