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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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2015 years 11 months ago

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

2015 years 11 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… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

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

Thinks it's funny
2015 years 11 months ago

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

2015 years 11 months ago

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

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