Rahm Emanuel Spent Almost $22.8 million to win Re-Election

Money can’t buy you happiness they say but it can buy you another term as Chicago’s mayor.

Via Chicago Tribune:

Rahm Emanuel and a supportive political action committee spent more than $22.8 million in the preliminary and runoff elections en route to the mayor winning a second term, new campaign finance reports show. By contrast, challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and his union allies spent at least $4.6 million, far behind Emanuel, who collected 56 percent of the vote last week.

The reports, filed with the State Board of Elections provide the first glimpse into how much and where candidates for mayor spent their money. The reporting period included all but the final week of spending in the runoff campaign.

Emanuel spent $13.6 million from July until the Feb. 24 election and spent an additional $6.3 million in the following five weeks. During that same time frame, Garcia, who announced his candidacy in October, spent $1.3 million in the preliminary contest and an additional $2.9 million heading into the runoff.

More than two-thirds of the money spent by Emanuel’s campaign — nearly $14 million — went to AKPD Message and Media, primarily for more than 7,000 commercial TV ad buys, records show.

Emanuel also transferred about $400,000 to South and West Side Democratic ward organizations that backed him and aldermen who support his agenda.

Money in local elections are becoming more and more an issue and why Citizens United needs repealed. It is limiting who can now run in city elections.