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By Ashley Withers

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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  • deputy 25

    If you want your bubble busted Barfield. Just go ahead and put your name on the ballot!!

  • PublicAvenger

    Nobody would vote for you JJ. You are worse then Brian Berger, and Barfield, put together. And I’m not suprised you would put that money in your pocket.

  • truthseeker

    I would not give this moron a dime. He is about as bad as that buffoon who runs the NC NAACP.

  • wpp

    I am going to send a check for $00.00.

  • fleebailey

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

  • ChefnSurf

    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.

  • PublicAvenger

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

  • Thinks it’s funny

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

  • jj

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

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