Wednesday, December 11, 2013
By the numbers ...
* Third party spending on Maine legislative races in 2010: $1.5 million
* Third party spending on Maine legislative races in 2012: $3.47 million
* Third party spending on state Senate District 32, the most targeted race in 2012: $438,697
* Legislative salary for Republican incumbent Nichi Farnham or Democratic challenger Geoffrey Gratwick if elected: $23,513
* Lawmaker salaries that could be paid with third part spending in District 32: 18.6
* Lawmaker salaries that could be paid with 2010 third party spending: 63.8
* Lawmaker salaries that could be paid with 2012 third party spending: 147.5
* Lawmakers in the Maine Legislature: 186
* Days since the first third party expenditure: 65
* Average daily expenditure since Aug. 30: $53,125
* Spending days remaining before the Election: 4
* Potential additional third party expenditures based on daily average: $265,625
* Potential third party spending by Election Day by current pace: $3.67 million
Steve Mistler covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.