MapLight, a nonprofit organization that tracks money's influence on politics, offered an interesting observation about last year's congressional races. Winning members of the House of Representatives raised almost $1.7 million during the year, an average of $2,315 per day. U.S. senators raised almost $10.5 million each during the year, an average of $14,351 a day.
Half of our representatives were above average at least in this regard:
10th District Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, raised almost $2.7 million
16th District Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, raised nearly $1.5 million
9th District Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, raised $2.5 million, and
4th District Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, raised almost $1.2 million.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein pulled in almost $12.7 million. Barbara Boxer was not included in the analysis because she wasn't up for election last year.
No wonder lawmakers can't get issues resolved; they're too busy raising money.