Tuesday, March 29, 2011
TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! A BRILLIANT AND KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER PERFORMS A KANSAS CITY ELECTION "VALUE PER VOTE" COST BREAKDOWN!!!
While I'd like to pat myself on the back for putting crowd-sourcing into play when it comes to Kansas City politics, I've always contended that the people reading this blog were a lot smarter than TKC.
Today, somebody really went out of their way to prove it.
To wit . . .
CHECK OUT A RATHER GULLY AND BRILLIANT KANSAS CITY ELECTION "VALUE PER VOTE" COST BREAKDOWN PERFORMED BY A KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER!!!
The results are telling . . . I want to give this guy credit because it's really great work . . . But my default stance is never to include names on tips. So I sent an e-mail back asking if I can fill in the blanks . . . We'll wait on that . . .
In the meantime, check out a bit of wisdom and insight from a KICK-ASS TKC READER:
"CANDIDATE VALUE PER VOTE"
"If it would interest you, I've done some calculations on what it costs to buy a vote in KCMO. I've looked at every mayoral and city council member's MEC filings. These are the calculations based upon the filings at 8 days out. These do NOT factor in any money collected prior to this election cycle. It is also not a calculation of money spent during the campaign. It may include money contributed by the candidate him or herself through personal funds. So these numbers reflect the total amount collected in fundraising and compares that to the total number of votes received during the election last Tuesday.
"The highest amount collected was Mike Burke at almost $440K. The lowest amount was Charlie Angel with $0 collected which seems…well, unlikely. Especially when one needs to report even personal contributions.
"A total of $1,889,161 has been collected for an average dollar value of $3.84 per vote. Winning candidates collected $1,072,009 averaging $3.47 per vote. Losing candidates collected $817,152 averaging $4.47. . ."
So what have we learned?
Money doesn't always win the race, but sometimes it does.
A lot of candidates got a long way without a lot of cash, but for most that wasn't enough to achieve victory.
Name recognition was a HUGE FACTOR in this race that offset cost.
And let's stop pretending that money doesn't play a significant role in Kansas City elections . . . Because it's pretty obvious that it does . . . As pointed out by a KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER. Natch.