ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A government watchdog group in Maryland has released a report on how much it costs to run a campaign for state legislative offices.
Common Cause Maryland released an analysis of fundraising totals from the 2014 election cycle on Monday.
It found that state senators averaged about $290,000 in campaign contributions from 2011 to 2014. That's compared to a nearly $80,000 average for delegates.
Susan Radov, a summer research associate for the group who wrote the report, says geographical location greatly influenced the average amounts raised by candidates. She also says competitiveness of a seat as well as a candidate's leadership position and political aspirations also impacted fundraising efforts.
Fifteen successful Senate candidates each raised more than $250,000. In the House, 28 candidates raised more than $150,000.