Here's an article in today's Rapid City Journal about campaign spending in the last Senate race. Excerpt:
Sen.-elect John Thune, R-S.D., took in $15.25 million and spent $12.9 million in his successful bid to replace Democrat Tom Daschle in the U.S. Senate.
Congressional candidates had to submit post-general election campaign spending reports to the Federal Election Commission by midnight Thursday.
The Thune campaign provided a summary of its report to the Rapid City Journal, but campaign staffers for Daschle could not be reached. The voice-mail box at Daschle's campaign headquarters was full, and cell-phone numbers for campaign employees were not working Friday.
Daschle's pre-general election report, which covered campaign finance activity through Oct. 13, showed his campaign had raised $18.4 million and spent $17.2 million.
This week's report from Thune showed that his campaign took in $1.89 million and spent $1.88 million between Oct. 14 and Nov. 22. His campaign has $1.9 million cash on hand and no debts.