Mayday PAC poured $1.7 million in a losing effort to support the Jim Rubens campaign for the New Hampshire Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Rubens backed more campaign finance regulations favored by the group. Center for Competitive Politics president David Keating issued this statement in response to Mayday PAC’s loss yesterday:
“Mayday PAC made a big bet, and lost, showing that voters care little for their anti-First Amendment agenda.
“The group spent nearly $65 per vote cast for Rubens, who received less than 25% of the vote.
“Mayday PAC seems to think that money can buy elections, but they’re wrong. As we have always argued, money is only a tool that helps speakers reach a wider audience, as Mayday PAC did here with its speech communicated through TV, radio, online ads and mailings. If the voters don’t like what you’re selling, they’re not going to vote your way no matter how much money is spent on advertising.
“Hopefully Larry Lessig and his supporters will learn a valuable lesson – that voters are more intelligent than they think, and that money doesn’t buy elections. The Supreme Court got it right; independent spending can’t corrupt.”