Buried in 18 pages of containing close to 200 campaign expenditures from the weeks just before and after Adam Hasner lost his campaign for Congress is one notable purchase: On Nov. 26, almost three weeks after Republican Hasner lost to Democrat Lois Frankel, his campaign bought an Apple phone for $527.88.
The campaign report doesn’t give any more details, such as who got the phone and why the campaign bought an Apple phone weeks after Hasner lost the election.
I’ve left messages for Hasner and for his campaign manager. When someone calls back to explain details of the Apple purchase, I’ll post an update.
Overall, the reports show Frankel and Hasner each raised and spent almost the exact same amount of money in their contest for a Broward-Palm Beach county congressional seat that Frankel won decisively.
Frankel, a former mayor of West Palm Beach and former Democratic leader in the state House of Representatives, raised $3.3 million and spent $3.2 million to win the 22nd Congressional District, an open seat with no incumbent.
Frankel spent $18.60 for each of the 171,021 votes she received on Nov. 6. Frankel had a primary campaign, so some of her spending contributed to her victory in August. Hasner didn't have a primary.
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 and Hasner spent almost everything they took in. Reports filed Thursday night with the Federal Election Commission show Frankel’s campaign account had a balance of $94,626 on Nov. 26 and Hasner had $29,537.
Frankel takes office in January, filling a seat left open when Freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West decided to seek a second term in a district with more Republicans.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times