OUCH!: The Political Olympics

As the world tunes into the 2000 Summer Olympics this Friday, September 15, U.S. voters are being treated to another quadrennial spectacle: the 2000 elections. For those keeping score, we offer this list of gold medal winners.

Pole Vault Most campaign cash given to self, vaulting candidate into contention: Jon Corzine, Democratic Senate candidate, NJ: $33 million.

Synchronized Swimming Company showing most coordination by giving to both the Democratic and Republican parties: AT&T, $993,000 to Democratic party committees; $1.5 million to Republican party committees; total; $2.5 million.

Backstroke Stroking Congressional colleagues' backs -- the most campaign cash distributed by a Member of Congress' leadership Political Action Committee: Keep Our Majority PAC, Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), $469,000.

Shooting Most campaign cash shot by a federal candidate in the 2000 elections: George W. Bush, who has spent $81 million.

Dream Team Presidential candidate receiving the most campaign cash from the TV, movies, and music industries: Al Gore, $929,000.

High Jump, Senate He may have raised nearly $18 million, but Rep. Rick Lazio (R) still must make a very high jump to catch up with Hillary Clinton's $22 million, making the New York Senate race the most expensive on this year: $63 million raised by all candidates.

Wrestling Eleven GOP primary candidates wrestled it out in the Illinois District 10 primary, helping make the seat that 11-term Rep. John Porter (R) is vacating the most expensive race in the House: $8.9 million raised by all candidates.

Power Lifting The 800-pound gorilla of giving, the most generous industry sector giving in the 2000 elections: finance, insurance, and real estate: $166 million.

Uneven Bars Ratio of contributions to Bush and Gore campaigns from residents of Beverly Hills, 90210 compared to those from 90059, in Watts: 494: 1.

Marathon What it will cost in the long haul -- estimated total cost for 2000 elections: $3 billion.

For more information (and for detailed sourcing on these statistics) go to www.publicampaign.org.

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