When the final numbers were tallied, the race in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District wasn’t even close. David Trott beat Bobby McKenzie by nearly 16 points, an astonishing feat even in the conservative 11th District. Being the wealthy guy that he is, Trott was essentially able to buy the seat. With the final campaign filings in, we now know just how much his victory cost: $4.8 million, $3.4 million of which came out of his own bank account.
According to the Secretary of State’s office, Trott got 140,435 votes. That means that Trott paid $34.19 per vote. Of that, $24.21 was his own money. In contrast, Bobby McKenzie spent a scant $7.57 for each of his 101,681 votes.
Welcome to America where we have the best democracy corporatist millionaire’s money can buy.