Can you buy an election

from Face The State we have an article about everyone’ favorite candidate – Ali Hasan:

Hasan has worked hard to win over voters, spending more than $200,000 and knocking on over 18,000 doors.



Hasan has contributed about $190,000 to his own campaign, and in total, he has raised $234,464 this election cycle.

Jared spent a boatload of his own money, but he also worked his butt off campaigning and so the jury is still out if you can “buy” an election.

We now have a second test case. And Ali is clearly also putting in a lot of time on the ground, but is up against an incumbent. We’ll be getting a second data point in the can you buy a seat question this November.

20 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Jeff Bridges says:

    One small difference between Jared and Hassan.  Well, more than one, actually:

    1. Stalker.

    2. Worst. Press. Ever.

    3. Jared actually held elected office, has a track record of community involvement, and, well, Worst. Press. Ever.

    I could go on, but I’m starting to feel bad for the kid.

    • flyguy says:

      Just so it doesn’t get lost in the thread and lose all context I’ll repost.

      Thanks Jeffy

      Also, to answer the question – yes, you can buy an election. See Jared Polis. A major difference Jeff forgot to mention, over 6 million vs. just under 200k.

  2. flyguy says:

    Also, to answer the question – yes, you can buy an election. See Jared Polis. A major difference Jeff forgot to mention, over 6 million vs. just under 200k.

  3. redstateblues says:

    Ali Hasan and Jared Polis is like comparing a steaming pile of dog crap to Jared Polis.

  4. Half Glass Full says:

    If his parents’ money, that’s even worse.

    On the other hand, gotta love a Republican named Ali Hasan. I wonder how many neanderthals in his own party he’s had to deal with…

  5. Canines says:

    Ali Hasan also appears briefly, three times, as a Republican spokesman, beginning about 20:30 minutes into this amusing take on the DNC happening in Denver:

    http://current.com/items/89221

    Hasan encourages John McCain to get out and visit more coffee shops, in order to appear more like a man of the people.

  6. Steve Balboni says:

    Jared spent a boatload of his own money, but he also worked his butt off campaigning and so the jury is still out if you can “buy” an election.

    No one is saying that you can simply donate a bunch of money to your campaign, do nothing and then get elected.

    The fact of the matter is fabulously wealthy candidates who can fund their campaigns at levels exponentially higher than their opponents are at a massive advantage and they distort the political process. That’s an undeniable fact, whether the candidate is one we like or one we don’t like.  

    • Barron X says:

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      whether the candidate is one we like or one we don’t like

       

      makes all the difference.

      .

    • Car 31 says:

      Not sure why this arbitrary line of a candidate’s personal wealth is drawn.

      Jared bought his election.

      Hassan is trying to buy his.

      Wealthy people have the advantage over other candidates with fewer resources.

      Period.  

      • redstateblues says:

        The candidate who injects their own wealth into the race is no more likely to win than less wealthy candidates.

        Didn’t David present enough data to convince people of that during the primary season?

        • DavidThi808 says:

          It is interesting because Ali will probably donate a comparable amount when you look at what a state seat campaign normally costs. Jared donated 5X what JFG raised. Ali will probably donate 5X what is standard for a state senate race.

          As several have pointed out above, Jared came to the race with several additional advantages so this is an even clearer test of how much of a difference money will make.

          As I said, it will be interesting…

      • colorado76 says:

        Wealthy people have the advantage over other candidates just about everyone with fewer resources in just about every context.

        But the Powerball jackpot is continuing to grow, so I’m not too worried.

  7. Noelle Green says:

    I walked some neighborhoods for Jared Polis and heard again and again that people were moved by his philanthropy (his time and money), especially in the areas of education and poverty.  The newspapers barely covered his countless contributions, but everybody knows about them, more than his political history. I believe that is why he won. Only one woman commented about his commercials. Also, he worked his tail off. Oh, and he is very approachable.  

    • redstateblues says:

      He invited me to come interview him for a project that I’m doing.

      • Fidel's dirt nap says:

        But you can’t deny he’s an incredible guy. Of course I’ll vote for him in the general (like it matters – CD2).

        Plus, Polis made all of his own money. Hasan is a spoiled rich kid who is using his parents money, and he’s a stark raving idiot to boot.  The two bear no comparison..

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