Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand spent more than $3 million in the past two months as she gears up for her re-election bid, according to new campaign finance records.Comment: Another great example of the failure of the 17th Amendment and one of the consistent themes of the progressives; it took the money out of politics. Right!
Campaign aides wouldn't say what she spent the money on, but candidates with significant campaign cash often shop early for blocks of TV time, looking for a better deal.
The Democratic senator—appointed by Gov. David Paterson in 2009 after then-Sen. Hillary Clinton was named secretary of state—still had about $4.5 million in cash left to spend. Ms. Gillibrand raised about $500,000 in July and August, and spent almost $3.2 million, according to the filings.
The corresponding fund-raising figures weren't immediately available from her three Republican rivals, but so far they have trailed far behind her in the money race
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If the 17th Amendment was repealed these huge sums of money would be eliminated from senatorial races, and with it goes the special interest influence that provides the money and demands the payback.
But unlike the McCain-Feingold Act, which thwarts free speech, the repeal of the 17th would bolster our beleaguered "checks and balance system" and ensure the 1st Amendment was protected.