House races in 2014 cost an average of 64 times the household income of the people candidates wanted to represent

That running for Congress is expensive is hardly a secret. In recent years, a flood of spending from campaigns and outside groups has been aimed at shifting the balance of power on Capitol Hill. As this has happened, though, the Americans those politicians represent have had their incomes stagnate or drop. In 2000, candidates in an average congressional campaign raised about 27.5 times the average household income of the district they hoped to represent. By 2014, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics and the U.S. Census Bureau, that figure more than doubled, to almost 64 times. In other words, the average House race this year cost as much as 64 households in the district earn in a year.

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