As I reported here right after the election the 2006 campaign was unprecedented in terms of monies raised and spent. The City Paper's Loose Lips followed the lead of this blog in terms of analysis:
THE OTHER RETURNS
Not long before the Sept. 12 primary election, mayoral contender Vincent Orange reported a $67,000 personal loan to his faltering crusade. It didn’t make much difference. Orange finished with 2.87 percent of the vote. A quick review of the results page of any newspaper spells out who the losers were in each election. But determining true political futility requires a little math. Like Orange, a host of candidates piled up a huge campaign war chest, only to garner paltry vote tallies on Election Day. As the chart below reveals, some candidates can’t buy a vote in this city.
CANDIDATE INVESTMENT FROM CONTRIBUTORS DOLLARS/VOTE MONEY WELL SPENT
Bill Rice (Ward 3 D.C. Council) $154,768 $182.50 custom-packaged Rice Krispies treats
Eric Goulet (Ward 3 D.C. Council) $45,820 $103.45 home-office-produced campaign manifesto
Paul Strauss (Ward 3 D.C. Council) $121,092 $64.17 doughnuts, bagels, and coffee for volunteers before weekend neighborhood walks with candidate