New campaign finance reports filed with the
Congressional candidates' fundraising and spending were detailed in post-election campaign finance reports that were due at the federal elections agency late Thursday. Campaigns typically file their reports electronically just before the deadline.
Buried in 18 pages detailing close to 200 campaign expenditures from the weeks just before and after Adam Hasner lost his campaign for
The campaign report doesn't give any more details, such as who got the phone and why the campaign bought it after the election. Neither Hasner nor his campaign could be reached Friday.
West was the only member of Congress from Broward and Palm Beach counties who was defeated – after spending $18.1 million for the 164,353 votes he received in the northern Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie County 18th Congressional District.
That works out to $109.90 per vote. That doesn't count the millions of dollars more spent on his behalf by outside interest groups. Also, he and winner Patrick Murphy both had primary contests, so some of the spending helped them win their party nominations.
Murphy spent $4.2 million, not counting outside spending on his behalf, and narrowly won the election with 166,257 votes. That works out to $25.05 per vote.
During the last 20 days of the campaign, West spent $92,500 on polling and more than $45,400 on those dreaded campaign season automated robo-calls that voters hate. Another bill, paid on Election Day, was $37.10 to Terminex for pest control.
His campaign reported spending $12,755 for election night rooms at the Best Western Plus in Stuart. Flowers for the event cost another $589 and balloons and flag rental cost $1,749. Four people were paid $280 each for election night security.
The Murphy campaign reported spending $5,644 for facility rental and catering for election night.
With the election ending in a close finish, and West contesting the results for two weeks with court challenges and recount demands, both campaigns continued raising and spending money after Election Day.
From Election Day through Nov. 26, Murphy raised $358, 740 and spent $136,302. During that same time, West raised $319,231 and spent $206,312.
Overall, for the entire campaign, West raised $19.1 million and Murphy took in $4.3 million. On Nov. 26, Murphy had $314,231 in the bank and West had a much more significant amount – more than $1.5 million – that can be used for future political activities.
In the Broward-Palm Beach County 22nd District, an open seat with no incumbent, Frankel and Hasner each raised and spent almost the exact same amount of money.
Frankel, a former mayor of West Palm Beach and former Democratic leader in the state
Hasner, a former Republican leader in the state House, raised $3.2 million and spent $3.2 million. For him, that worked out to $22.61 of spending for each of the 142,050 votes he received.
Frankel had a Democratic primary, which accounts for some of her spending. Hasner didn't have a primary.
Frankel and Hasner spent almost everything they took in. Reports show Frankel's campaign account had a balance of $94,626 on Nov. 26 and Hasner had $29,537.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, crushed Republican Karen Harrington, in fundraising and at the polls at SunSentinel.com/BrowardPolitics.