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By Ashley Withers
ashley.withers@starnewsonline.com

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — US Congressional candidate Jonathan Barfield will be starting from scratch financially for his new campaign – a tough start considering the high cost of successful federal campaigns.

The average successful House candidate spent around $1.4 million in the 2010 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 2012 average data was not available at this time.

The high cost associated with running for federal office often pits newcomers against well-known incumbents and can put them at a substantial disadvantage for raising money.

"I'm working with consultants in D.C. and they said I will need to raise $500,000 to $1 million. I think that's very realistic," Barfield said. "…The timing is right now and more important for me, I'm working in God's favor. I've had every indication that this campaign is in God's plan and I won't need as much money as others."

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36 Comments on "Barfield has ‘God’s favor,’ needs $500,000 to $1 million for campaign"


jj
2015 years 9 months ago

Give me the money and if I am not elected I have some pocket change.

Thinks it's funny
2015 years 9 months ago

And to think, everyone thinks that Berger has lost it?

PublicAvenger
2015 years 9 months ago

If it’s “God’s Will”, why would he want any money in the first place ?

ChefnSurf
2015 years 9 months ago

First, Mr. Barfield shoots himself in the foot by accepting campaign financing advice that allows him to feel comfortable being massively underfunded for a congressional campaign. That minimizes the probability of his success by a huge amount.

Next, he shoots himself in the other foot by announcing that he can get by with less funding because he’s “working in God’s favor” and that “this campaign is in God’s plan “. Even though I have my own personal religious beliefs, statements like that create an instant negative knee-jerk reaction in me. That’s the same kind of stuff that every creepy televangelist says when he or she is trying to con the life savings out of some desperate, usually undereducated, poor soul. Perhaps his strategy is to pander to the underprivileged amongst us. One can only come to the conclusion that that’s probably not going to maximize his chances for success either.

So, after shooting himself in both feet, Mr. Barfield’s campaign is left with about zero chance of success because he really doesn’t even have one political leg left to stand on.

I can’t think of one reason for anyone to contribute their hard-earned cash to a political campaign that’s so set up in advance to lose.

fleebailey
2015 years 9 months ago

If there was a god he would not have time to devote to 435 congressional races every 2 years

 

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