Hey Big Spender
Sam Farr raises as good as he spends.
Thursday, May 14, 1998
Despite the fact that your voice in Washington, Congressman Sam Farr, is politically popular and running for reelection during a very shiny moment in the economic cycle, he is leaving nothing to chance, and plans to raise and spend a large amount of money.
"A normal congressional election costs about $600,000," says Farr. "For this election, though, I don''t think it will exceed $400,000."
Though the political season is still young, to date Farr has raised $29,325, and spent only $18,079. His cash reserves on hand are $124,416.78.
Farr''s best-known Republican opponent, Bill McCampbell of Pebble Beach, has to date raised $9,443 and spent $7,313.
Farr, like almost every politician in Washington, has in the past caught flack about accepting money from political action committees (PACs), but still he continues the lucrative practice. According to the most recent financial disclosure sheets, Farr''s contribution list reads like a who''s who of Beltway PACs. To date, he has accepted contributions from, among others, the Association of Trial Lawyers, the American Federation of Teachers, the American Dental Political Action Committee, the United Auto Workers, the National Turkey Foundation, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and, strangely, the Southern Minnesota Sugar Cooperative of Renville, Minn. (Ironically, Farr is the sponsor of a campaign finance reform bill currently before Congress.)
With cash in hand, Farr plans to hit the campaign trail in earnest, with numerous local appearances. "I love campaigning," says Farr. "It is the nature of our democracy."